Taiwanese music under Japanese rule

Wen Ye Jian – Formosan Dance

 The period of Japanese rule of Taiwan refers to approximately fifty years during which time Taiwan was governed by Japan as a colony from April 17, 1895, when the Qing dynasty ceded Taiwan to Imperial Japan due to the defeat of the Sino- Japanese War to Octover 25, 1945, then Taiwan was put under the rule of the Republic of China.

The school’s music process at that time was centered around Western modern music, and Japanese songs were also incorporated. With this education, Taiwanese musicians began to stand out.

For example, Wen Ye Jian (1910-1983)’s “Formosan Dance” won the International Music Competition in 1936 and earned its name overseas.


江文也 – 台灣舞曲 (Formosan Dance)