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Stanford music scholar explains Beethoven’s rise as a cultural icon in China

Conductor conducts a small orchestra ensemble

At the Stanford Center in Peking University, Stanford Associate Professor Jindong Cai conducts a re-creation of the first performance, in 1922, of a Beethoven symphony by an all-Chinese ensemble of 15 musicians.

Peking University

By Chelsea Davis, Stanford News

Through interviews coupled with archival research, Stanford’s Jindong Cai researched the history of Beethoven’s popularity in China in hopes of creating cultural connections between China and the West.