NIGHT THOUGHTS

Chen Yi

About this work:
Co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla SummerFest, and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR, supported by the Meet The Composer’s Commissioning/USA program, my trio Night Thoughts is a lyrical tone poem originally scored for flute, cello and piano, and premiered on 4/28, 2004 by Deborah Cross, Keith Robinson and Andre-Michel Schub, at the Virginia Arts Festival, and dedicated to Heather Hitchen, the President of Meet The Composer. I got the inspiration for the music from the ancient Chinese poem Night Thoughts written by a great poet Li Bai in Tang Dynasty (618-907): On couch bright moon shone, Thought frost on ground foamed, Raised head facing bright moon, Lowered head dreaming of home. (English translation by Chen Yi) The trio was adapted to a new version for flute, viola and harp, and dedicated to my dear friends Sharon Bezaly and her husband Robert von Bahr in 2009, for their great support and encouragement to the composer and to new music. The work will be premiered and recorded by Sharon Bezaly (flute), with Maxim Rysanov (viola) and Julie Palloc (harp).
Version: Flute, Cello and Piano, or Flute, Viola and Harp
Year composed: 2004
Duration: 00:08:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation:
Instrumentation notes: Flute, Cello and Piano, published by Theodore Presser Company [114-41248] Alt. version for Flute, Viola and Harp.

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