Taiwan Quick Take: Paris to host Hsu expo

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Sun, Sep 24, 2006 - Page 3

A retrospective exhibition on Hsu Tsang-houei (許常惠), the first Taiwanese musician to study in France after World War II and one of the most respected composers in Taiwan, will be held in Paris, France from Thursday to Oct. 25, the Council of Cultural Affairs (CCA) said yesterday. The retrospective show, called "Navigator of Taiwanese Folk Music: Hsu Tsang-houei, " includes a month-long exhibition and an opening-night memorial concert at the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris to pay tribute to the late composer, who died in 2001 at the age of 72. Hsu, who was born in Changhua County in 1929, went to Paris in 1954 and became the first Taiwanese musician to study in France. Hsu devoted himself to folk music compilation after returning to Taiwan in 1959. In addition to rewriting Chinese and Taiwanese folk songs with Western composition methods, he also helped found the Asian Composers' League and several modern music groups.