Newsletter No. 445

8 445 • 19.10.2014 口谈实录 Viva Voce ’ 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/chinese/newsletter/ 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/newsletter/ . 崇基学院院长 陈伟光教授 Prof. Victor Chan Head of Chung Chi College 你与崇基渊源深远,对学院精神有何体会? 这可说非常吊诡。崇基重视人文精神的承传,力求建造和育养 每一位同学的价值,惟过分强调个人价值,易流于自大,这是 我们弃绝的。另一方面我们恪守创校的基督精神,那却是要把 人的价值放到最低,视自己为谦卑侍人的仆人。在寻找自我价 值的当儿,得同时认识自己在造物者眼中,是宇宙里渺小的个 体,那我们该如何恰如其分地知所努力呢? 贵为创校书院之一,历史超逾半世纪的崇基学院有何要 守? 一直引以自豪的通识精神和博雅传统必须坚守,但也极之难 守。核心价值无容非议,惟因时代和环境不同,加上群体的组 成改变,面对很大挑战。 有何要立? 教育的任务既始终如一,是学生的个人成长,内心素质的建 立,那麽要守要立的也当相同。要立的是在新时代里活化通识 精神和博雅传统。但活化不容易,处于这个从早忙到晚的时 代,建立一种生活方式,容许多一点空间寻找深层次的思考, 是艰巨的任务。我从以下两方面起步:首先,建立院长网志, 与学院师生探讨人生话题,例如今早就刚和大家分享对正在 中环发生的事情的感受。另每星期一在礼拜堂开设半小时的 午间音乐平台,缔造心灵绿洲,让大家学习在生活的常规里, 稍停,稍静,稍思,重新出发。 有何要破? 「破」是艰难的决定,要削走一直存在的,需要很大勇气。时 间按既定的周期运转,事务不可能无止境扩展。定下优次缓 急,便要汰走次要的,以腾出空间给重要的发展。这是会令人 不安、痛苦、困扰的,不过是必须的。 艺术家的行政不总是一团糟的吗?何解你却出任过不少 行政要职? 没有风格和独特个性,很难做艺术家。一位管理人员最吸引 人之处也许便是其风格鲜明的取态和想法,所以艺术家从事 管理可以是优势。换个角度看,艺术家却又倾向即兴,疏于组 织。犹幸我是作曲的,而音乐正是经过组织的声音,讲求悉心 部署,配搭琐碎细节,成为有意义的意象。施诸行政管理,或 有合用之处。 音乐对你的人生有何影响? 学音乐,让我发现了该在这个广大的世界里怎样认识自己,以 及自己和周遭的关系,最重要的是学晓聆听和等待。不代入 听众的耳朵,我如何和他们沟通?可是,聆听背后需要漫长等 待,在作曲的过程里,我往往须停下来,思考何以为继。在踌 躇难决的时候,必须等待,两小时,两天,两星期……,时候到 了,便会知道甚麽才是最佳的续句。 知音难觅—身为作曲家,可有同感? 深有同感。在音乐和思想世界里能找到跟自己接轨的人,哪怕 只是一个半个,已是天大的幸运,也惟其如此,才见珍贵。作 曲于我是高度孤独、沉闷、无助、无人了解的局面;我熟悉不 过,甚至沉醉其中。但当相知的经验在意想不到的时候忽地 擦身而过,哎,这世上原来有他是明白的,那真是叫人兴奋的 无敌感觉! 你与哪个时期的作曲家最有共鸣? 我特爱古典时期和远至巴洛克时期的音乐作品,爱其组织的 精准、细心和诚意,创作态度的严肃,内涵的丰富。这些音乐 愈听愈能发掘到深层的新义。如果外表华美铺张,听着刺激 兴奋,可是内容贫乏空洞,岂不可惜?我尊敬这个时期的音 乐,更对这些作曲家心生向往。 公务如此繁忙,现在还有作曲吗? 当然有。我最怕的便是失去了这让我兴奋的存在价值,这是我 绝不容许发生的。我义无反顾答允了几项委约创作,这些死线 陆陆续续临近了。还有一只CD,要在明年完成录制。 How do you interpret the spirit of Chung Chi based on your decades-long acquaintance with the College? It’s very paradoxical. Chung Chi values its humanitarian legacy and strives to establish and nurture the value of each and every student. Yet over emphasis on the value of individuals will breed self-conceit, which we abhor. On the other hand, we uphold the Christian ethos on which the College was founded, which views oneself as a humble servant to serve but not to be served. So while seeking one’s self-value, one has to think low as a small individual in the vast universe in the eyes of the Creator, and has to reflect on how to develop our strengths with the right force and focus. Being one of the three founding Colleges of CUHK and having a history of more than half a century, what will Chung Chi strive to uphold? General education and the tradition of liberal arts which we have taken pride in. But they are extremely difficult to defend. As times and circumstances change, and the composition of the community differs, the unquestionable core values are facing big challenges. What does it want to establish? I always say that there’s nothing new in the mission of education, which is the personal growth of students through developing their inner qualities. If that is true, what we want to uphold and establish will be the same things. We need to revitalize our general education and the tradition of liberal arts in the modern times. It does not come easy and requires deep thinking, which is a luxury given the hectic lifestyle we are having now. I’m experimenting ways to create new platforms to stimulate reflection. I have built my blog to discuss life issues with College members. This morning I just shared my view on what’s happening in Central now. I also launched a lunchtime music appreciation session every Monday, encouraging people to set aside 30 minutes from their routine, slow down, clear their minds, ponder for a while before taking on the road again. What does it want to break away from? To ‘break’ away from something is a difficult decision. It takes tremendous courage to trim something down which has all along existed. Time has its designated cycle and is limited. To expand business endlessly is impossible. We need to set priorities, and stop doing the less important in order to ease up space for the more important. This could be disturbing, painful and frustrating, but it’s necessary. Aren’t artists poor administrators? How come you have taken up quite a number of chief administrative posts? Style and uniqueness are indispensable calibre for an artist. Similarly, the charisma of an administrator may come from an uncompromising management style and individuality in thinking. So artists could have an edge as administrators. On the other hand, artists are good at improvisation and weak in organization. Fortunately I’m a composer whose job is to organize sounds meticulously in a systematic manner to form meaningful imageries. My strength in this area may prove relevant in management. What impact has music made on your life? Studying music enhanced my self-discovery. I came to understand more about myself and my relationships with people and things around me. And most important of all, I’ve learnt to listen and be patient. How can I communicate with the audience if I do not consider what they would love to hear through their ears? Listening implies waiting patiently. When I write music, at points of uncertainty and indecision, I need to stop and wait. It could be two hours, two days, two weeks …. Who knows. But when the time comes, I will know the best continuation of what has been going on. As a composer, do you think it’s difficult to find a musical soul mate? Definitely! In the world of music, it’s so difficult to find somebody who can read your mind and share your thoughts. You will be the luckiest person on earth if you could find one. It’s so rare and hence so valuable. Writing music always drags me into a lonely, desolate, helpless and unsympathized situation. I’m so familiar with it that I even indulge in it. But there have been some unexpected moments when I could feel somebody around who might have understood and echoed to what I was doing. Such ecstasy is unbeatable! Who are the composers that touch you most? I love music of the Classical and Baroque periods in particular. I love the precision in organization, the attention to detail, the sincerity, the seriousness in attitude and the abundance in content. The more you listen to them, the richer the meaning you can derive. It gives you a brand new experience with every listening. Some musical works are glamourous and elaborate in style, ear-pleasing and exciting, but with nothing worth exploring under the flamboyant outlook. I have full respect for music of those periods and I aspire to be like the composers back then. Do you still write music amid you busy schedule? Of course I do. Losing the value of my meaningful existence is what I fear most. I will never allow it to happen. To keep myself active, I have accepted several commissioned jobs and the submission deadlines are drawing near. I also need to complete a CD recording by next year. 请扫描QR码阅读全文版 Scan the QR code for the full version 观看录像,请扫描QR码或浏览以下网址: To watch the video, please scan the QR code or visit: www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/video/?nsl445-victor-chan

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