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Painting exhibition about late composer Trinh Cong Son opens online

15:43 | 04/04/2020

A painting exhibition, Loi Thien Thu Goi (Sounds of Time), featuring 32 paintings about late composer Trinh Cong Son has been opened online to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of the artist this week. 

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Paintings featuring late composer Trinh Cong Son and his friends are displayed online to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of the artist. The works by artist Le Sa Long can be seen at duyendangvietnam.net.vn and Motthegioi.vn.

The event, called Loi Thien Thu Goi (Sounds of Time), features 32 paintings by artist Le Sa Long.

The works, mostly in oil, watercolour and pastel, portray Son in daily life and with his friends.

Works featuring famous singers, such as Vietnamese-American Khanh Ly who helped keep Sơn’s music alive through their voices, are also featured.

One of the event’s featured paintings portrays Yoshii Michiko, a Japanese fan of Son, who fell in love with the artist.

Yoshii met Son in Paris. She travelled to Vietnam many times during the 1970s-80s to discover Son and his music.

The couple decided to wed but they faced cultural differences and cancelled the wedding at the last minute.

Artist Long worked with singer Trinh Vinh Trinh, the composer’s younger sister, to organise the showcase.

According to Trinh, a concert featuring Son’s music was cancelled in Hue on April 1 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Born in Hue in 1939, Son became popular in 1957 with his first song, Uot Mi (Crying Eyes).

His best albums of romantic songs, such as Diem Xưa (Diễm, My Cherished Memory), Ru Tinh (Lullaby to Love) and Tu Tinh (My Lyric Songs), were released in the 1960s and 70s.

Son became one of the southern region’s most famous songwriters after his anti-war songs were released.

His anti-war albums, including Ca Khuc Da Vang (Yellow Skin Song), Kinh Viet Nam (Vietnamese Prayer) and Ta Phai Thay Mat Troi (We Must See the Sunlight), were famous among students and young people in Sai Gon (now HCM City) in the 60s-70s as the Vietnamese people fought to liberate the country from the American imperialists.

After 1975, Son continued to write songs and enjoyed success with his music. He died in HCM City in 2001 after a prolonged illness.

His songs are performed by young and veteran singers, including pop stars Cam Van and Hong Nhung.

In February, blockbuster director Phan Gia Nhat Linh began casting for his latest film on Son in HCM City, Ha Noi and Hue.

The film, Em và Trinh (You and Trinh), worth VND20billion (US$680,000) and is expected to be in cinemas next year.

The exhibition, Loi Thien Thu Goi, is displayed on the websites duyendangvietnam.net.vn and Motthegioi.vn.

It will close on April 30.

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