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By Sheng-Wei Wang
February 1, 2012

In this publication, we offer 1) “Establishing the Cross-Strait Community View of History (III) and (IV): Why the Community View of History Should Be Established” by Professor Yazhong Zhang (Ya-Chung Chang).


In the Music Section, we have The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto by Lu Siqing (吕思清演奏《梁祝小提琴协奏曲》:



Lu began studying the violin at the age of four. In 1987, he won the first prize of the Paganini Competition; and in 1999, he was the winner of the Web Concert Hall International Competition. He was presented with a Stradivarius violin after a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons which was watched by hundreds of millions of people. Lu currently lives in Beijing, China.


The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台), whose names form the title of the story. The title is often abbreviated to Liang Zhu (梁祝) and often regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_Lovers). The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto is one of the most famous works of Chinese music and certainly one of the most famous outside of China. Written for the western style orchestra, it features a solo violin played using some Chinese techniques.




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