An Interview with Liu Fang
Song from a Fishing Boat during Sunset
This piece describes the happy mood of fishermen returning home after a day's work, enjoying the beautiful landscape bathed in the twilight of sunset.
Read the passage quickly and match the main idea with each part.
Part 1 Part 2 tells about Liu Fang’s musical influences and characteristics of classical Chinese music is about Liu Fang’s love for performing live and her goals as an artist
introduces Liu Fang as well as her musical training and background
Read Part 1 and fill in the table.
Career Year of birth Hometown The place she is living in now university she graduated from The person who taught her to play the yueqin The musical instruments she plays
international music star
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
pipa , guzheng,yueqin
Read Part 2 and choose the correct answers:
1.Traditional singing is
a. the most important influence on Liu Fang’s style b. not such an important influence.
2.When people listen to her playing
a. they also hear her singing b. they think they can hear singing
3.Liu Fang thinks that a. Chinese music is like the Chinese language b. Chinese music and language use the same tones 4.Chinese classical pieces often have poetic titles, a which is understandable. b. which is very surprising
5.Empty spaces in Chinese paintings
a. are like the silent parts of Chinese music
b. mean the pictures have no life
Read Part 3 and answer:
1.What makes Liu Fang feel depressed or lonely? No concert for a long time. 2.What are her goals as an artist?
To work with master musicians ;
To compose her own music ;
To introduce classical Chinese pipa and guzheng music to every corner of the world.
Read the passage again and finish the following exercises. 1. In paragraph 1, part 1,… during her visit to China. the Queen of England her refers to_______________. 2. In paragraph 3, part 1, I have been living there since then. there refers to __________. Canada 3. In paragraph 4, part 1, the repertoire for the pipa is large… all the pieces of music repertoire means______________________________ 4. Without good skill, playing classical Chinese pipa music is out of the question. (Find a sentence to replace it.)
If you technique is not good enough, it’s impossible to play classical Chinese pipa music.
5. What is the purpose of the passage?
To introduce (make an introduction of) Liu Fang to readers.
Consolidation (Fill in the blanks according to the text.)
Liu Fang is an international music star,famous forher work with traditional Chinese instruments．Her mother and traditional singing have had aninfluenceon her. The biggest challenge for her is to respect the traditions but to add her own style．The same is_ true for/of her second instrument，the guzheng． Chinese music is similar to the Chinese language， poetry and art．There are some empty spaces in Chinese art, which give life to the whole painting. It’sthe same withclassical Chinese music. Liu Fang feels a little depressed or lonely without concert for a long time. Her goals are tocompose her own music and to introduce classical Chinese pipa and guzheng music to every corner of the world．
1.Classical Chinese music and Chinese poetry are closely related, which leads to most classical pieces having very poetic titles. (Find a sentence to replace it in meaning.) 2.Sing an English song to relax us. 3.Do you think music belongs to a certain country or it is borderless? Why? 4. In Chinese, the same pronunciation with different tones has different meanings. The same is true for music. (Translate the sentence into Chinese.) 5.According to Liu Fang’s example, how can you succeed in the future?
6. Role playing
Student A: the reporter Student B: Liu Fang
1. Classical Chinese music and Chinese poetry are closely related, which leads to most classical pieces having very poetic titles. (Find a sentence to replace it in meaning)
Secondly, classical Chinese music is closely connected to Chinese poetry, so it isn’t surprising that most classical pieces have very poetic titles.
2. Sing an English song to relax all of us.
3. Do you think music belongs to a certain country or it is borderless? Why? It is borderless, because people speaking different languages may enjoy the same piece of music
4. Translate the following sentence into Chinese. In Chinese, the same pronunciation with different tones has different meanings. The same is true for music.
5. According to Liu Fang’s example, how can you succeed in the future?
Student A: the reporter Student B: Liu Fang
You may ask questions like the following: 1.When did you begin to learn the guzheng and the pipa? 2.What is the biggest challenge for you? 3.Who and what have influenced you? 4.Why do you like performing in public? 5.What are your goals? 6……
Music is more than just sound --- it is a way of thinking! When we listen to music, or play an instrument, we are also becoming better thinkers. Music intelligence is one of our eight human intelligences. Some people study better with music on! We can learn language from songs.
Suppose your American friend Tom wants to know about Liu Fang, write a letter to him, using what we have learnt in this period, about 120 words.
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