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Wang Xilin (b.1936) is a Chinese Composer. When he was 12 he taught himself music theory, the huqin, accordion, brass instruments, as well as instrumentation and arranging. His first exposure to Western music was in 1955 when he began studying conducting at a music school run by the People's Liberation Army Central Committee. He studied theory and piano at a teachers college in Shanghai and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory in 1962 where he studied composition with Liu Zhuang, Ding Shande, and Qu Wei. In 1963 China saw political changes under Chairman Mao Zedong which led to a crackdown on Western music, especially that of the 20th century. Wang gave a two-hour public speech in 1964 criticising such policies, which led to him being stripped of his position with the Central Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was banished to Shanxi Province until 1977. From 1964 to 1978, Wang was forced to work as a laborer in Datong, spent 6 months in a mental asylum, and was imprisoned during Cultural Revolution. As a result of being beaten he lost a tooth as well as about 20% of his hearing.
He has written at least 9 symphonies, including a piano concerto, Violin Concerto, several orchestral works, choir, chamber music and for Piano solo. After 1980 Wang was able to study scores of modern Western composers and discovered the music of Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke and Witold Lutosławski. He has also been greatly influenced by Russian music especially that of Dmitri Shostakovich and by Chinese folk music.
Liu Dunnan (1940) is a Chinese Composer. I don't have much information about him. He started composing when he was 17 at a high school linked to Shanghai Conservatory and later graduated from said conservatory. Kept on studies in the US during the 80's This piano concerto is was composed in 1973. It's titled Mountain Forest
I also made score slide videos on youtube for both of these
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApK1k29KwPE - Liu Dunnan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkYZ24Qfu90 - Wang Xilin