So who was it? In an essay in the new edition of Standpoint, I trace the beginnings of China’s musical awakening to a conductor called Li Delun, whose performance of Beethoven’s fifth symphony in Mach 1977 announced the end of Mao’s Cultural Revilution. You can read the essay here.
By unhappy coincidence, I learn today of the death, aged 89, of Li Jue, the conductor’s widow. They married in 1948 and are survived by a son and two daughters. These were the true pioneers of China’s awakening. (h/t Rudolph Tang).