Cultural Revolution and Political Ambivalence in Zhao Xiaosheng’s Two Ballades for Piano Solo


  • Xue Ke Beibu Gulf University, College of Humanities, Qinzhou, China
  • Loo Fung Ying University of Malaya, Faculty of Creative Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Loo Fung Chiat University Putra Malaysia, Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
  • Wang Xiaohang Beibu Gulf University, Qinzhou, China



Zhao Xiaosheng, Cultural Revolution, China, new wave composer, piano solo works, Communism


The ascendancy of China’s Cultural Revolution led to a purge of the rightists, including musicians. This article unveils composer Zhao Xiaosheng’s emotional entanglement of fear and suppressed hostility toward the revolution, reflected in the political and artistic ambivalence in his two ballades for solo piano composed after his father’s death.


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How to Cite

Xue, K., Loo, F. Y., Loo, F. C., & Wang, X. (2021). Cultural Revolution and Political Ambivalence in Zhao Xiaosheng’s Two Ballades for Piano Solo. Musicological Annual, 57(1), 149–175.