Composer of northern folk melodies dies at 76

September 20, 2020 - 11:57

Tributes have poured in for composer Phó Đức Phương who lost his battle with cancer on September 19 at the age of 76.


Composer Phó Đức Phương, an important figure of Vietnamese music industry, passed away on Saturday due to cancer. VNS Photo Quang Anh 

HÀ NỘI  Tributes have poured in for composer Phó Đức Phương who lost his battle with cancer on September 19 at the age of 76.

Many celebrities took to social media to express their condolences including singer Đàm Vĩnh Hưng, diva Mỹ Linh, researcher Nguyễn Quang Long and music producer Nguyễn Việt Thanh.

Though he was diagnosed with cancer in March this year, he was also very optimistic, always smiling and believed that he would overcome his illness.

His death came as a shock to those close to him as he had begun to show signs of recovery.

A live concert was held in July to honour his music and encourage him to beat the disease. The Khúc Hát Phiêu Ly (Song of Drifting) concert is named after one of the composer's famous songs.

From his hospital bed, he still sent a voice message saying that he felt good. He thanked efforts of artists and the production crew and promised to return as he still has many uncompleted projects.

Phương was born in 1944 in the northern province of Hưng Yên. He’s widely recognised as one of the most important composers of Vietnamese music in the last 50 years. He was the founder and former director of the Việt Nam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright where he struggled to protect the rights of Vietnamese composers.

Audiences enjoyed popular songs written since the 1960s such as Trên Đỉnh Phù Vân (On the Top of ‘Cloud Summit’), Không Thể và Có Thể (Can’t and Can), Về Quê (Back to Homeland), Một Thoáng Tây Hồ (A Glimpse of West Lake), Chảy Đi Sông Ơi (Let’s Flow, River) and Hồ Trên Núi (Lake on Mountain). He was considered as a composer of northern rural area and Red River Delta. The northern folk singing has influenced distinctly on his creations.

Music researcher Long praised Phương as a talented composer who helped identify Vietnamese music industry.

“He created many songs containing Vietnamese identity,” said Long.

“We can feel the love for the homeland in every single note. We respect him for the passion, contribution to the national music and desire to experiment with new things.”

His funeral will take place on September 24 at the National Funeral Hall, 5 Trần Thánh Tông Street. — VNS