From Text to Field: Study on the Intercultural Communication of Music in Collection of Chinese Works and Translations by Matteo Ricci from the Perspective of Maritime Silk Road

Yaoshen Liang (University of Bologna)


In this paper, with Collection of Chinese Works by Matteo Ricci written by Zhu Weizheng and A summary Interpretation of Chinese literature of Matteo Ricci in Ming and Qing Dynasties written by Tang Kaijian as major research texts and historical basis, as well as intercultural communication as the major research method, the aesthetic adaptation of native music of traditional Chinese music, etiquette, sacrifice and religious customs under the description of Matteo Ricci is discussed and interpreted from the perspective of the spread of musical culture of the Maritime Silk Road, four stages of field investigation are planned, and related musical activities and local musical phenomena appearing in his literature have an on-site visit. In this way, the vital position and historical significance of Matteo Ricci’s cultural missionary activities in the music communication on the Maritime Silk Road are obtained.


Matteo Ricci; Chinese works and translations; Intercultural communication; Maritime Silk Road; Music communication; Field investigation

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