Hwang Yau-tai Truly Chinese Music /黃友棣─中國音樂中國化
A Bodhisattva of music
Hwang Yau-tai, the great master of music, first visited to Kaohsiung in 1983. Special Contribution Honor was granted to Professor Hwang, Lin Sheng-shih and Wei Han-chang by National Culture and Arts Award. While receiving the award in Kaohsiung on June, he also gave a speech and composed the song "Praising Kaohsiung".
When retiring at the age of 76, Professor Hwang moved from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung. Since then he has assisted various musical groups. From children to adults, private choruses to school, whoever turning to Professor Hwang has never been disappointed. At this stage, Professor Hwang is like a Bodhisattva of Music, being warmly welcomed at wherever he is.
Grow out of difficulty
Born at Gao-yao County, Guang-zhou Province in 1912, Professor Hwang learned very hard although his family's situation grew increasingly worse since his father's death. When September 18th Incident took place in 1931, Hwang was shaken and determined to use music as a tool of education. After graduating from Department of Education at National Sun Yat-sen University, Professor Hwang immediately devoted himself to music education and the war. He composed several applied songs, including "My Home's in Canton", "Azalea", "Song of the Moon" and so on.
Due to the war, Professor Hwang moved to Hong Kong in 1949, taught in De-ming Secondary School and then at Chu-hai College. In 1952, Professor Hwang's work, "Coming Home", won Composition Award of Patriotic Song granted by the Chinese Writers' and Artists' Association. He was also invited to Taiwan to perform for the first time. In 1955, Professor Hwang obtained violin teacher certificate from Royal Academy of Music. Representative works of this period includes "Black fog", "Soft smile", "Love for Mother country" and so forth.
Truly Chinese music
In an attempt to reach the goal of "Truly Chinese Music", Professor Hwang went to do further research at National Music College in Rome. Both Professor Franco Margola and Professor Edgardo Carducci were his teachers. His dissertation was completed in 1962, and his work "Praising the Republic of China" won the Culture and Arts Award by the Ministry of Education. After Obtaining a diploma at Rome Domer Music College in the following year, Professor Hwang went back to teach at Chu-hai College.
Because Professor Hwang constantly cooperated with Lin Sheng-shih and Wei Han-chang, they were nicknamed as "three friends in chilly winter" (which are pine, bamboo and plum blossom, for compared with other plants, they are still exuberant during winter).
Since 1975, Professor Hwang has started to publish several books to fully state his concepts in music education. In 1985, Kaohsiung City Government held an exhibition of Hwang Yau-tai's music. Professor Hwang came to Kaohsiung in person to give a lecture on music. In 1994, Professor Hwang was granted the Culture Medal by the Executive Yuan and received by former president Lee Teng-hui. In 1997, Kaohsiung City Government awarded Professor Hwang Special Contribution Honor in the field of Culture and Art. A even greater honor, the 19th Lifetime Achievement Award granted by Kaohsiung City Government also went to Professor Hwang in 2000.
From youth to old age, Professor Hwang has been diligent in composing, writing, and teaching. After such a long time of difficulty and training, his works now bear fruition. As he always says, "life is a battle of keen competition, a willing sacrifice for people." Professor Hwang is indeed a paragon of virtue.