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Dark chapter of Taiwan history memorialized in music

Hong Kong-born composer disclaims political intentions

Chung Yiu-kwong (Courtesy of Chung Yiu-kwong)

TAIPEI -- On a recent afternoon, around 500 people gathered in a central Taipei park to hear the premiere of "Ode to Democracy," a piece of classical music composed in memory of the victims of a dark chapter in Taiwan's history.

Against the hum of traffic, the orchestra, choir and soprano singer performed the composition by Chung Yiu-kwong, better known in North America, Europe and East Asia for his percussion work and musical interpretations of Chinese philosophy and folklore than any political overtures.

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