Vietnamese famed composer passes away

Monday, 2018-02-05 11:44:41
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Vietnamese famed composer Hoang Van
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NDO — Well-known Vietnamese composer Hoang Van passed away in Hanoi, on February 4, at the age of 88.

Composer Hoang Van’s real name was Le Van Ngo. Born in July 24, 1930 in Hanoi to a Confucian family, his grandfather and father were both Confucian scholars. He held many significant positions in the military before being sent to receive musical training at Beijing Central Conservatory of Music following the end of the war.

After returning to Vietnam, he was the conductor of The Voice of Vietnam’s troupe, while lecturing at the composer faculty at Hanoi Conservatory of Music (now Vietnam National Academy of Music) until 1989. He was also a member of Vietnam Association of Musicians and worked there until 1996.

He was widely renowned for his epic war song ‘Ho Keo Phao’ (Artillery Pulling Chant), which was popular in North Vietnam in 1954. The song depicted the scene of artillerymen pulling a heavy cannon to the top of a mountain in the fierce Dien Bien Phu battle.

He also composed songs for movies, plays, traditional operas and worked to reform theatre.

He was given the Ho Chi Minh Award on Literature and Arts in 2000.