Xian Xinghai

Chinese Composer

Xian Xinghai was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on June 13th, 1905 and is the Chinese Composer. At the age of 40, Xian Xinghai biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
June 13, 1905
Place of Birth
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Death Date
Oct 30, 1945 (age 40)
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Xian Xinghai Career

Xian returned to China in 1935 to the Japanese occupied part of the country (known then as Manchuria). Using his music as a weapon to protest the occupation, he took part in patriotic activities. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), he wrote vocal works that encouraged the people to fight the Japanese invaders, including Saving the Nation, Non-Resistance the Only Fear, Song of Guerrillas, The Roads Are Opened by Us, The Vast Siberia, Children of the Motherland, Go to the Homefront of the Enemy, and On the Taihang Mountains, among others. He worked for film studios before going to the Communist headquarters in Yan'an, where he became dean of the Music Department at Lu Xun Institute of Arts in 1938. It is at this time that he composed the Yellow River Cantata and the Production Cantata.

In 1940, Xian used the assumed name Huang Xun. In 1940 Xian went to the Soviet Union to compose the score of the documentary film Yan'an and the Eighth Route Army. Before departure Mao Zedong invited him to dinner. In 1941 the German invasion of the Soviet Union disrupted his work and he attempted to return to China by way of Xinjiang but the local anti-communist warlord, Sheng Shicai, blocked the way and he got stranded in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was here that he composed the symphonies Liberation of the Nation and Sacred War, the orchestral suite Red All Over the River and the Chinese Rhapsody for orchestra.

During Xian's career, he composed over 300 works and published 35 papers, including Nie Er-the Creator of New Chinese Music.