Chen Yi

About this work:
Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for its centennial season, with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Wah and May Lui of Seattle, the Symphony No. 3 is premiered by the SSO at Benaroya Hall on March 18, 2004, led by Gerard Schwarz. Symphony No. 3 has three movements: I. The Dragon Culture. In ancient totems, in its humanized forms, in folk traditions, the dragon has long been a symbol of power and spirit in Chinese culture. I come from that culture, with its thousands of years of history. I treasure that heritage tremendously, and want to share it with more people in the world. II. The Melting Pot. I have been working in a multicultural environment in the United States for almost two decades, composing music which is expected to be a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures. I want my music to express the lifeblood of the new world in sound and to act as a bridge, uniting people towards a better future in the new century. III. Dreaming. Only in the world of dreams can I forget that I am far away from my homeland . . . . The music is mildly sentimental and nostalgic. The work is dedicated to Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, and the composer’s dear friends and supporters May & Wah Lui with deep admiration and great gratitude.
Version: Full orchestra
Year composed: 2004
Duration: 00:23:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Standard Orchestra
Instrumentation notes: 33(EH)3(Bcl)3(Cbsn) 4331 Hp, T, P(3), Str Rental from Presser

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