Chen Yi

About this work:
Commissioned by San Jose Chamber Orchestra, for its 1994/95 season opening concert, Shuo is in one movement, written for string orchestra (adapted from the original form of string quartet). While representing the first day of every month in lunar calendar, the word "shuo" in Chinese means initiate. In the string orchestra piece Shuo, I applied initial materials taken from Chinese folk music, in terms of tunes and mountain song singing gestures, and developed them for string instruments properly. The pentatonic lines are woven vividly in different layers, to paint a delicate oriental landscape.
Version: String orchestra, or, String quartet/quintet
Year composed: 1994
Duration: 00:08:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra:String Orchestra
Instrumentation notes: Alt. version for string quartet/quintet. Rental from Presser [416-41210Q]

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