On the Value and Significance of Musical Theoretical Innovation
— The Concepts and Methods of Tong Zhongliang Academic Research
Abstract: Tong Zhongliang’s music theory study were mostly possessed the features of theoretical innovation, formed his own special research concepts and methods. His music theory study focus on achieving mastery through a comprehensive study of the Western and Chinese theories, focusing on sorting out and innovating of theoretical system,and also paid attention to the academic summary of Chinese traditional music. On the aspects of researching the theory of compositional technique and the theory of Chinese traditional music, the inheritance and expand the traditional theory, on “sequence structure”, “comparison of Chinese and Western” as well as conclusion the theoretical value of Chinese traditional music, he demonstrated his own distinct studying personality. In these studies, we saw his efforts as Chinese musician looking around the world, and also saw his academic quality as a music theorist and music educator. Tong’s efforts for theoretical innovation will inspire us to continue studying the spirit of exploration of theoretical innovation, studying carefully theoretical consideration and rigorous theory researching methods, referencing available theoretical results from both ancient and modern, Chinese and foreign, to service to construct the Chinese traditional music theory.
Key Words: Tong Zhongliang (1935-2007), academic research, theoretical innovation, research method,academic value