The People's Music Publishing House
Even though a few independent publishing companies are gaining some
foothold on the market, practically all music scores I had seen were
published by the People's Music Publishing House. I got their address
from a visitor from the Music Teachers' Training College who was
auditing Professor Liang's seminar. Located approximately 25 minutes'
walk from the Gongzhufen subway stop, it was nestled deep inside a
hardly noticeable hutong off Cuiwei Road.
My first time there, the employees had all left work by 4 p.m. that
Friday for a company sports event. I returned the following week to
find that the Chinese piano music selection at their warehouse
compared quite unfavorably to that of the other bookstores I had
frequented. However, they did have a much larger proportion of
classical Chinese instrumental pieces and I found an arrangement of
Chinese cello-piano duo pieces -- few Chinese composers have ventured
far from violin and piano compositions, so this was a rare find
indeed. The address of this establishment: 2 Cuiweilu, Fuxingmenwai,
Beijing 100036; telephone numbers: 6821-0002 x 3066 or x 3074.
Xin Hua Bookstore
I eventually located the illusive Xin Hua Bookstore. It had been
temporarily moved to the fourth floor of the Foreign Language
Bookstore in Wangfujing. Here I struck a mother lode of Chinese
classical compact discs. The only recordings of the piano music I had
acquired were by the established and more elderly faculty of the
Conservatory. It was important to find these valuable recordings of
the same pieces performed by masters on traditional Chinese
instruments. The phone numbers of the Wangfujing Xin Hua Bookstore
are: (third floor, recordings) 6525-1946, 6525-2592; (fourth floor,
books) 6512-0678, 6525-3775.