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
Chapter3
Pages59-76
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780190943899
DOIs
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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