One of my goals was to acquire contemporary Chinese piano music
scores and literature related to this genre. My acquisitions at the
bookstores mentioned in section 4 and the generous gifts and loans
from Professor Zhou Guangren and Mrs. Jiang Wenye are documented in
Appendix B. I returned with approximately 140 pounds of music books.
Fortunately, the airport was packed on the morning of my flight and my
luggage was not weighed. The MIT music library now owns a third of
My other goal was to established contact with musicians involved in
contemporary Chinese piano music. I feel honored to have met and
spent considerable time with the following: pianist Zhou Guangren;
wife of composer Jiang Wenye, Wu Yunzhen; Chinese piano music
researcher, Wei Tingge; modern Chinese musicologist, Liang Maochun and
others. I plan to maintain these professional and personal
friendships for a future time when I will return to Beijing.
I have newfound respect for the role of personal relations.
Relationships are of importance to varying extent in business and
career everywhere. In China, the role of personal relations is
well-defined in all human interactions. This time-honored tradition
sets up a bartering system by which favors are given and owed. In my
brief immersion in this system, I have seen the strength of these
friendships which transcend time and are often cultivated over
generations. I left with a sobering thought, wondering at the extent
of the debt I have incurred on this trip.