Compilation celebrates Hong Kong milestone
Celebratingthe Hong Kong music fans, but were used by filmmakers there, especially for martial arts movies during the 1960s.
Referring to the trend, Chang Hok-yan, the chief librarian of the Leisure and Cultural Service Department of Hong Kong Public Libraries, which co-organized the displays, says: “At that time, original film soundtracks were very few. So, most filmmakers borrowed music from the albums, especially traditional Chinese operas and folk music.
“Lots of traditional Chinese music and Peking Opera pieces were used in martial arts movies. And Art-Tune bridged the music gap between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong then.”
Chang, who was born in Hong Kong, graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a major in Journalism and Communication and a minor major in music.
He joined in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as a professional sheng player and later received a master’s degree of Applied Science in Library and Information Management from the Charles Sturt University, Australia and a doctorate in Music Librarianship from Middlesex University, in the United Kingdom.
“The music from the martial arts movies is a valuable memory for Hong Kong’s audiences. It is also a way of spreading traditional Chinese culture in Hong Kong,” he adds.