The Late Musician Van Cao and His Booming Musical Career with “The Epic of Mountains and Rivers” |  Celebrity
09/21/2021 | 09:09

( – The image of musician Van Cao is always associated with the song “Tien Quan ca”, the national anthem carrying the sacred soul of Vietnamese rivers and mountains, spiritual treasure of the entire Vietnamese nation. Thus, over the generations, his image and the song “Tien Quan Ca” still resonate in the hearts of Vietnamese.

Biography of musician Van Cao

  • Real name: Nguyen Van Cao
  • He was born on: November 15, 1923
  • He died on 10.07.1995 (aged 72)
  • Hometown: Lach Tray, Hai Phong
  • Profession: musician, poet, painter
  • Genre: Revolutionary music, Pre-war music, New music, Romantic music
  • Author of the National Anthem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The resounding musical career of musician Van Cao

Along with Pham Duy and Trinh Cong Son, the musician Van Cao is considered by experts and the music-loving public as one of the three most accomplished musicians of modern Vietnamese music of the 20th century and the most influential on the country’s new music.

His songs are now part of the spiritual property of Vietnamese generations.

The musician Van Cao is the most influential writer of new Vietnamese music.Musician Van Cao is the most influential writer of new Vietnamese music.

As someone once said, “Musician Van Cao’s songs are the gems of Vietnamese music, they have great value, transcending space and time in the national musical garden.”

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And to obtain this echo, the musician Van Cao embarked on the artistic path very early, at the age of 16.

He began his career with short stories and plays, then gradually moved towards poetry and music. And in all matters, this talented person also achieves tremendous success and becomes the pride of the S-shaped strip of land.

His musical career began in the late 1930s, when Vietnamese music was born. At the age of 16, Van Cao joined the group Dong Vong and composed his first song, “Bon Tan Thu”.

As he matures, his songs are refined to perfection with soft and deep melodies such as Truong Chi, Vietnamese Birds, Thien Thai, Ben Xuan, Old Cung Dan…

Although the lyrics of Van Cao’s music are always filled with deep sadness, perhaps that’s why they become immortal love songs of the entire Vietnamese music scene.

In addition to love songs, musician Van Cao also resonated with majestic songs on national themes such as the marching song Thang Long, Go Dong Da…

In particular, his song Long Song Lo is considered a great masterpiece, the culmination of resistance music and marks the maturity of New Music.

A sketch of musician Van Cao and an autobiography of the song story Tien Quan Ca. A sketch of musician Van Cao and an autobiography of the song story Tien Quan Ca.

After 1954, he is also the musician who bears the names of Khanh Ly, Anh Tuyet, Thai Thanh, Ha Thanh… at the peak of glory.

At that time, her debut song “Spring” became a Vietnamese soul awakening song. This is the first spring when North and South come together, the whole country joins in the joy of unification.
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Besides music, the musician Van Cao also left a strong impression in the field of poetry and painting. His narrative rhymes about his homeland and his life are still etched forever in the hearts of generations of students.

Tien Quan Ca – An Epic Poem with a National Sacred Soul

Perhaps the peak of musician Van Cao’s career was when he composed the song Tien Quan Ca. The song was born in a special historical context, the country is about to enter a new era.

The song The song “Tien Quan ca” is an epic song with a national spirit.
And on August 13, 1945, Tien Quan Ca was officially approved by President Ho Chi Minh as the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. On August 17, 1945, the song was sung by thousands of people in front of the Place de l’Opéra.

It can be said that Tien Quan Ca has become the epic song of the entire Vietnamese nation, carrying the sacred soul of the river. The song revived the spirit of armies, soldiers and the entire nation.