THREE BAGATELLES FROM CHINA WEST for flute and piano, or, two flutes

Chen Yi

About this work:

Commissioned by Meet the Composer for flutist Marya Martin, in the Flute Book for the 21st Century project, as a part of MTC’s New Music, New Donors program, my work Three Bagatelles from China West is written in three movements, with the original version for flute and piano, and another version for two flutes. 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 solo piece Shange Diao played on the wind instrument Lerong, as well as the musical pattern played on the small mouth wind instrument Kouxian of the Jingpo People; the solo piece Nai Guo Hou played on the wind instrument Bawu, as well as the pitch material sung in the folk song Ashima of the Yi People; the folk song Dou Duo, as well as the sound effect of the Lusheng ensemble playing of the Miao People. The work is dedicated to Mr. Gilbert Kaplan, a long time friend of the composer, for his tremendous support to classical music in the world, with deep admiration and respect.

Alt. versions are for Guanzi & Sheng, Clarinet & Piano, 2 Clarinets, Double Bass & Piano, Flute & Clarinet, Flute & Guitar, Violin & Cello); 3rd mvt (HAPPY TUNE) for 2 Cellos, or Violin & Viola. 

Version: Alt. versions for Guanzi&Sheng/Cl&Pn/2Clarinets/DoubleBass&Pn/Fl&Cl/Fl&Gtr/ Vl&Vc; 3rd mvt (HAPPY TUNE) for 2 Vc/Vl&Va.
Year composed: 2006
Duration: 00:12:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation notes: Presser Publication Eight Visions, A New Anthology for Flute and Piano, Commissioned for and curated by Marya Martin through Meet The Composer. Score and Parts [414-41193] $40

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