CHINA WEST SUITE
About this work:
II. Meng Songs
III. Zang Songs
IV. Miao Dances
Commissioned by and dedicated to the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Germany (Director Franz Xaver Ohnesorg) for Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa to premiere on June 4, 2007, my work China West Suite is written in four movements for two pianos. The authentic folk music from China West has amazed and inspired the composer to write this piece, which has the folk music elements drawn from the folk songs Gadameilin and Pastoral of the Meng People; Ashima of the Yi People; Du Mu and Amaliehuo of the Zang People, and Dou Duo and the Lusheng ensemble music of the Miao People.
Version: Two pianos, or, Marimba and piano
Year composed: 2007
Ensemble type: Keyboard:Two Pianos, 4 or More Hands
Instrumentation notes: Version for marimba and piano is published by Theodore Presser Company in 2009 [114-41346].