Sep 202013
 

Beside those three epoch-marking figures, Cung Tiến, Phạm Duy, Trịnh Công-Sơn, the Vietnamese galaxy can also boast various lesser luminaries. We only have room here for two: Hạnh-Phúc Nơi Một Con Đường (At the Horizon’s Edge), by Trần Lãng-Minh, on the fifth track, and Mắt Lệ Cho Người (Lachrymosaics), by Từ Công-Phụng, on the tenth track, Continue reading »

Sep 202013
 

In presenting this small selection of Vietnamese music, we have chiefly opted for the most transcriptible material at hand: Westernized vocal compositions written especially for the native audience, newly recreated as concert solos for the piano, in a composite style which aimed to combine two aspects of nineteenth-century western music, i.e. post-classical performance practice with late romantic harmonic language. Continue reading »