Post/Colonial Bach

Yvonne Liao

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter contributes a new post-European perspective to Bach studies, re-examining J. S. Bach as a colonial import in Hong Kong in relation to its post/colonial condition across a British colony (1842–1997) and a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (1997–present). Based on its proposition of rethinking Europe “after Europe,” the chapter considers post/colonial Bach across three specific institutions: The Helena May, a colonial club originally for women members; the Anglican St John’s Cathedral in the early 1900s and “landmark churches” (i.e., declared monuments or listed buildings) in the 2010s; and the City Hall in the later decades of the twentieth century. The chapter concludes with some further thoughts on the symbolism of post/colonial Bach, extending from its significance for Bach studies to related matters of historiography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Bach
EditorsBettina Varwig
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780190943899
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • global Bach reception
  • post/colonialism
  • after Europe
  • institutional history
  • Hong Kong


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