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Mingxin Du

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Du Mingxin (Chinese: 杜鸣心; pinyin: Dù Míngxīn; born 1928) is a Chinese composer known for his work on ballets, concertos and a symphonic Beijing Opera.

His youthful studies include a spell at the famous Yucai School in Chongqing. He moved to Shanghai in 1948, where he performed as a pianist. He attended the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory in Moscow from 1954-58, before joining the Beijing Central Conservatory.

Notable works

* Collaborating on the ballet Red Detachment of Women (premiered 1964, possibly the best-known Chinese ballet).
* The Mermaid (ballet), with Wu Zuqiang
* The Goddess of the River Luo (symphonic fantasia)
* A violin concerto and a piano concerto (Spirit of Spring)
* A symphonic version of the Beijing Opera, Women Generals of the Yangs, commissioned by the China Philharmonic Orchestra

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