SOCIETY is a non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting the music and aesthetic ideals
of the Tcherepnin family's three generations of distinguished composers:
Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945), Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977)
and Ivan Tcherepnin (1943-1998). Our particular model for activity
is the multifaceted career that earned Alexander Tcherepnin the
sobriquet "Musical Citizen of the World."
A superlative composer, a lifelong pioneer in new musical techniques,
and a dedicated educator, he was also an enthusiastic internationalist
whose fascination with folk idioms brought him through Eurasian
culture to China and Japan. It was to carry on these shared ideals
that Alexander's widow Hsien Ming Tcherepnin (1911-1991) founded
the Society. Under her leadership, the organization played an important
role in re-normalizing musical contacts between China and the West
after the disruptions of the Cultural Revolution. After her death,
leadership passed to Ivan Tcherepnin, whose global interests as
a composer and professor at Harvard University melded modern technology
with a variety of near- and far-Eastern philosophical and aesthetic
THE BUFFALO BOY
Boy's Flute by Heh Liuting won first prize in the landmark
Chinese composers' competition sponsored by Alexander Tcherepnin
in Shanghai in 1934. Tcherepnin soon chose a buffalo boy logo
for the publishing firm he founded in Tokyo to issue Chinese
and Japanese concert works, offering Mr. Heh's score as No. 1
in his catalogue.
To Ivan Tcherepnin, who made
the buffalo boy his own a generation later, this filial icon
represented the youthful joy that accompanies and blesses
the creative act.
Today the Tcherepnin Society continues
to furnish financial and artistic support for concerts, new recordings
and the reissue of important older recordings of music by the Tcherepnins,
particularly of scores that suffer unjust neglect. We provide financing
for scholarly books and articles that contribute to increased understanding
of the Tcherepnins' artistry. We subsidize international concertizing
by musicians who aim at Alexander and Ivan Tcherepnin's multicultural
reach, and also underwrite educational travel and study programs
that enable young musicians of all nations to immerse themselves
in musical traditions radically different from those in their homelands.
Alexander Tcherepnin's view of music as
a moral force that breaks down artificial barriers between peoples
has a special relevance in our own troubled times. We invite you
to help us in our efforts to keep these ideals alive and flourishing.
to The Tcherepnin Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible.