Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Su Sen-yong

Sen-Yong Su/Su Sen-Yong was a prominent music educator at the Hsinchu Senior High School, in Taiwan. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and spent his adolescent years in the city of Zhangzhou, in China's Fujian province, where he attended the Longxi middle and high schools.

At the age of 19, at the outbreak of the war against Japan, Sen-Yong moved to Yongding county in Fujian, where he was a teacher of arts, music and gymnastics at the Yongding Provincial Middle School. A year later he attended the National Fujian Academy of Music, majoring in vocal music.

In 1946, Sen-Yong was appointed as music teacher at the Hsinchu Junior High School. Sen-Yong's music was selected to become the official school song, accompanying lyrics written by school principal Hsin Chih-Ping . In the 1960s and early 70s Sen-Yong led the Hsinchu School Choir to many repeated championships of the province-wide chorus competitions, and also directed the Taipei Women's Normal High School Choir. He retired in 1973 from Hsinchu Senior High School.

After spending several years residing in Brazil, Sen-Yong returned to Taiwan where he continued to be active in the music world as the conductor of the Industrial Technology Research Institute Chorus and the Hsinchu Science Park Chorus, and also being honored for his musical contributions through concerts and compilations of his chorus compositions.

Sen-Yong was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died at the age of 88.

Musical Compositions

Most of Sen-Yong's compositions were written for the choruses that he conducted over the years. But he has also composed for the piano and for a string quartet.

In 1967, under the influence of Professor De-Yi Liu , german composer Paul Hindemith, and the traditional chinese five-notes scale, Sen-Yong was able to create a more distinctive and modern style.

Here is a list of his choral arrangements and compositions:

新中國的空軍, 龍崗頌 , 遙寄個思念

新竹中學校歌,野玫瑰 ,菩提樹 ,花,農村曲 ,故鄉 ,大江東去 ,踏雪尋梅,上山 ,拉縴行,東山四季、採茶歌、魔王,

青春舞曲 , 謊歌 , 春曉 , 只要你早回家 , 愁 , 日月潭 , 谷關之夜, 西湖秋泛, 征曲, 彎彎的垂柳青青的山

天使報信 , 白牡丹 , 滿山春色 , 園丁頌, 月舞曲, 新竹市讚歌 ,牧童情歌, 合唱頌

感恩道歌, 良心光明真是好, 慈母常在我心, 父親吶父親, 大自然頌

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