Composer Trần Mạnh Hùng. While most symphony composers in Việt Nam are veterans, 46-year-old composer Trần Mạnh Hùng is considered one of the young generation, and is one among a small number of composers specialising in symphonies. Alongside more than 20 songs, Hùng has composed three symphonies and six poetic symphonies. His award-winning poetic symphony, Lệ Chi Viên (Tragedy of the Lệ Chi Garden) was presented at the Beethoven Classical Music Festival in Bonn and Berlin in 2009. In 2016, during two concerts in Saint Petersburg, Russia, audiences were amazed by a series of his 11 compositions, which combine classic symphony and Việt Nam’s ethnic folk tunes. The composer, who has also taken part in prestigious concerts in Việt Nam such as Điều Còn Mãi (Everlasting Things) and Bài Ca Không Quên (Unforgettable Songs), speaks with Thúy Hằng about his work. Inner Sanctum: What challenges are there for those working in classical music in Việt Nam? The biggest difficulty is the lack of an audience. It’s really unusual compared with many other countries. The number of concerts, therefore, is also quite limited, due to the lack of audiences. As a result, it’s hard to have new compositions. To solve this matter, I… Read full this story
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