People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters
People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters
Daniel K.L. Chua
Opinion

Opinion

Daniel K.L. Chua

What Beethoven can teach Hong Kong protesters: tragedy is the flipside of heroism

  • As Hong Kong prepares to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, his earlier works exalting the hero will be heard. But it is his later, more sensitive work exploring humanity and the face of difference that we should be listening to

People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters
People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” during an anti-government protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 30. Photo: Reuters
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Daniel K.L. Chua

Daniel K.L. Chua

Daniel K.L. Chua is the Mr and Mrs Hung Hing-Ying Professor in the Arts and chair professor of music at the University of Hong Kong.