New re­search room for Viet­namese mu­sic “

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HCM CITY— The HCM City Gen­eral Sciences Li­brary will open a new re­search room for tra­di­tional Viet­namese mu­sic as part of its ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate 40 years of work­ing under its cur­rent name.

The re­search room will in­clude hun­dreds of doc­u­ments, books, dic­tio­nar­ies, videos, cas­sette tapes and CDs about Viet­namese folk songs and mu­sic as well as an­cient mu­si­cal in­stru­ments like the ñaøn baàu (mono­chord) and ñaøn tranh (16-chord zither).

The col­lec­tions were all do­nated by the late pro­fes­sor Traàn Vaên Kheâ, a world-renowned eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gist spe­cial­is­ing in tra­di­tional Viet­namese mu­sic.

Pro­fes­sor Kheâ de­fended his doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion on tra­di­tional Viet­namese mu­sic in Paris in 1958, be­com­ing the first Viet­namese to earn a doc­toral de­gree in mu­sic.

He later worked for France’s pres­ti­gious Cen­tre Na­tional de Recherche Sci­en­tifique (Na­tional Cen­tre of Sci­en­tific Re­search), and taught at Sor­bonne Univer­sity.

He was elected a mem­ber of UNESCO’s In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Mu­sic.

Kheâ spent his life in­tro­duc­ing Asian mu­sic and Vieät Nam’s cul­ture and mu­sic to the world. He at­tended more than 220 in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences on mu­sic, and wrote more than 200 ar­ti­cles on var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional mag­a­zines.

He re­ceived sev­eral top prizes at in­ter­na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­vals. In 1991, he re­ceived the Of­fi­cer de l’Or­dre des Arts des Let­ters pre­sented by the Min­istry of Cul­ture and In­for­ma­tion of France.

Thanks to his con­tri­bu­tions, three tra­di­tional Viet­namese mu­si­cal forms, nhaõ nhaïc (court mu­sic), quan hoï (north­ern love du­als), and gongs, re­ceived of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion from UNESCO as an In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage of the World.

In 2005, Kheâ re­turned to live in HCM City and of­ten gave talks on tra­di­tional mu­sic to mu­sic stu­dents and artists.

He re­ceived the Labour Medal in 1999 from the HCM City Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee and the HCM City Medal in 2013 from the Gov­ern­ment.

He died in 2015 at the age of 95. The li­brary’s ex­perts have worked more than two years on the re­search room.

All in­for­ma­tion, pho­tos, and images of the mu­sic will be dig­i­talised for ease of re­search and use.

Com­put­ers and PCs for lowvi­sion vis­i­tors will also be in­stalled.

The room is ex­pected to open

Our li­brary serves as a de­posit li­brary for renowned in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions like the World Bank, UNESCO, and Food and Agri­cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion. We also hold a book ex­change agree­ment with more than 30 li­braries and in­for­ma­tion cen­tres across the globe.” BUØI XUAN ÑÖÙC, LI­BRARY DI­REC­TOR

this year.

Be­gin­ning its ac­tiv­i­ties in 1978, the HCM City Gen­eral Sciences Li­brary is the re­gion’s largest li­brary and of­fers 2.7 mil­lion ti­tles, in­clud­ing doc­u­ments, books, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines,

It also in­cludes 7,000 pub­li­ca­tions printed in the 17th -19th cen­turies, ac­cord­ing to the li­brary’s di­rec­tor Buøi Xuaân Ñöùc.

“Our li­brary serves as a de­posit li­brary for renowned in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions like the World Bank, UNESCO, and Food and Agri­cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion. We also hold a book ex­change agree­ment with more than 30 li­braries

Read­ers at the HCM City Gen­eral Sciences Li­brary. — Photo cour­tesy of the li­brary

and in­for­ma­tion cen­tres across the globe,” he added.

The li­brary, which at­tracts around 1.2 mil­lion vis­i­tors each year, plans to spend VNÑ15 bil­lion (US$658,000) to dig­i­talise all of its items and con­nect with 24 district li­braries in the city by 2020. — VNS

Right note:

“If ev­ery­one de­manded peace in­stead of an­other tele­vi­sion set, then there'd be peace.”

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