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Chen Yi: Prospect Overture for orchestra (2008)
Seeded by chenyi on 8 Jun 2012
Author: musicut4
Chen Yi: Prospect Overture for orchestra (2008) (about 9 minutes) Commissioned by the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the work Prospect Overture for orchestra is premiered by the China National Symphony Orchestra at the 2009 New Year Concerts (12/31/08 and 1/1/09), conducted by Daniel Harding, at the CNCPA. The pitch material in the piece is taken from a Chinese folk tune "Baban," and the structure is based on a kind of Chinese traditional instrumental ensemble music used in ritual ceremony, which features blowing instruments suona (shawn, made with wood) and sheng (free-reed mouth-organ, made with gourd). The music is from slow to fast. The string orchestra provides sheng-like sustained chords in the background while the melodic instruments play in heterophonic style imitating the tunes played by a group of suona players. The music reaches an extremely fast section in a climax, followed by a strong and short coda in unison. The duration is about 9 minutes.