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樂貫中西:香港中文大學圖書館 卞趙如蘭教授珍藏展

East-West Connection in Music: An Exhibition of the Rulan Chao Pian Collection

展覽 Exhibition

卞趙如蘭教授榮休後,把一生蒐集的研究資料、田野筆記和教學材料慷慨捐贈予香港中文大學圖書館收藏。藏品包括手稿、書信、日記、相片、教學筆記、七千多份影音資料、六千多冊書籍期刊及樂器等。

卞趙如蘭教授(1922-2013)是出生於美國的世界知名中國音樂學者。其學術生涯始於出任哈佛東亞文化及語文系的中文導師(1947),終於該大學音樂系與東亞文化及語文系榮休教授(1992),期間多次到訪香港中文大學及出任音樂系客座教授,亦曾任偉倫訪問教授(1998)。趙教授生前多次出訪東亞,每次均背負著各種制式的沉重錄音、錄影器材,進行音樂實況調查,錄製了數以百卷的錄音及錄像。「卞趙如蘭特藏」不限於音樂,其中還包括大量文學、歷史、戲劇和表演藝術的資訊,稱得上是一個獨一無二的二十世紀東亞文藝及演藝歷史資料庫。

是次展覽不僅展示趙教授畢生珍藏,更彰顯了香港中文大學於亞洲研究的獨特地位。

Our deepest gratitude to Professor Rulan Chao Pian for her generosity, donating her life-time acquisition of music and cultural resources to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library. Donated materials include manuscripts, correspondences, diaries, photos, teaching materials, over 7,000 audio-visual materials, more than 6,000 books and journals, musical instruments, etc.

Born in the United States, Professor Rulan Chao Pian (1922–2013) was a world renowned scholar in Chinese music. She started teaching the Chinese language in 1947 at Harvard and ended up with being a Professor Emerita of Music and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1992. In addition to her frequent visiting professorship at the Chung Chi Music Department, Professor Chao was also a Wei Lun Visiting Professor of CUHK in 1998. In her fieldwork days, she never stopped carrying with her heavy video and audio equipment all over East Asia and took hundreds of audio and video recordings. In addition to music materials, the Rulan Chao Pian Collection covers extensively literature, history, drama and related performing arts in the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. It is practically a living archive of twentieth-century East Asia.

The exhibition not only showcases the collection, but also enhances the significance of CUHK in Asian studies.