Chen Yi

About this work:
In Sparkle, I want to express my impressions of sparks---—everlasting flashes of wit, so bright, nimble and with passion. The material of pitch, rhythm and form are drawn from the tune and the structural method of traditional Chinese baban (Eight Beats) rules of the grouping of notes. Sparkle was commissioned by The New Music Consort with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Claire Heldrich conducted the premiere on October 21, 1992, at the Borden Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music in New York City. The piece is an octet written for flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet (in E flat), 2 percussionists, piano, violin, cello and double bass, recorded on CRi [CD 804] in 1999, and dedicated to Prof. Mario Davidovsky, who enthusiastically encouraged me to share my experience with audiences in America and abroad.
Version: Mixed octet
Year composed: 1992
Duration: 00:12:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 6-9 players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 2 Percussion (General), 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Cello, 1 Double bass
Instrumentation notes: fl, cl, perc (2 players), pno, vln, vc, db

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