The NLC holds public lecture “Never Awake from the Enchanted Dream: On Soundtracks of the 1987 TV Series Dream of the Red Chamber


On 18 August, a public lecture named “Never Awake from the Enchanted Dream: On Soundtracks of the 1987 TV Series Dream of the Red Chamber” held at the Art Center of the National Library of China (NLC), which attracted more than a thousand audiences to attend. This was the third lecture of “Paying tribute to Classics: Getting to know and appreciate the Four Classic Chinese Novels”, a cultural campaign hosted by the NLC.

Mr. Wang Liping, the famous composer, was the lecturer; he recalled the close relationship with the renowned TV series Dream of the Red Chamber (aka The Story of the Stone) released in 1987 on China Central Television channels. As the composer of all soundtracks for the TV series, Mr. Wang shared his life experience, process and feelings of composition as well as stories behind his music; he unfolded in details that how to use music to interpret this pinnacle of Chinese fiction. In the interactive session of the lecture, Mr. Wang answered each question raised by enthusiastic audiences and book fans of Dream of the Red Chamber.

In order to let readers nationwide to enjoy this lecture simultaneously, the NLC invited media such as Guangming Online, Sina Weibo and btime.com to broadcast it live; with the help of national network of the Digital Library Promotion Project, the NLC also broadcasted the lecture to 46 public libraries online. Therefore, the public can fully appreciate the charm of classic cultural artistic works whilst the NLC plays its vital role on leading “Nationwide Reading” and promoting Chinese excellent traditional culture effectively.

Officially launched in May, “Paying tribute to Classics: Getting to know and appreciate the Four Classic Chinese Novels” includes a series of public events like master’s lectures and tickets-collecting for prizes etc. In addition, the NLC showcases relevant collections of audio-visual resources at the Audio-Visual Service Space in the NLC North Area, the public can present their valid documents to get free access, to feel the eternal charm of the Four Classic Chinese Novels at close range. The campaign will continually invite well-known artists to share their stories with the public about the Four Classic Chinese Novels. Mr. Zhang Jinlai (stage name: Liu Xiao Ling Tong), the famous actor best known for his role as the Monkey King in the 1986 TV series Journey to the West, will visit the NLC Art Center on 8 September, to lecture his experience with Journey to the West.






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