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International symposium on Hue royal music held

An international symposium on Hue royal music which addressed the preservation of its intangible cultural heritage, and its connection with foreign music concluded in the imperial city of Hue on August 27.

The two-day symposium, which was jointly organised by the Centre for Conservation of Hue Relics, UNESCO Vietnam, and the Vietnam Music Institute, drew dozens of Vietnamese scientists and music researchers from Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Speeches presented at the symposium affirmed the value of Hue royal music, and praised the conservation work, that has been undertaken thus far.

A report entitled "Hue Royal Music - Some Opinions on Words and Traditional Value, and Measures for Restoration" presented by Deputy Director of the Centre for Conservation of Hue Relics Phan Tien Dung, MA, outlined the scientific value of Hue royal music.

Meanwhile, Professor To Ngoc Thanh's speech on the similarities and differences between the music and other genres featured Hue royal music and its connection with Chinese, RoK and Japanese music. Mr Thanh affirmed the need to preserve the music.

The Centre for Conservation of Hue Relics is making preparations for the building of a Hue royal music museum to exhibit and store musical instruments, musical works, costumes, pictures, and documents on Hue music (now and then).

Many other reports were highly appreciated, including a report on the tradition of royal music in the international environment by Tokumaru Yoshihiko of Japan, a report on 'Hue Royal Music in a New Background - A Project to Restore Royal Music' by Oshio Satomi of Japan's Miyagi University, and a report on 'RoK Royal Music-Aak, History of Development and Reality' by Kwon Oh-sung of RoK's Hanyang University.

The symposium agreed to restore Hue royal music and submit the music to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind.

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper.


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