About this work:
YangKo, originated in northern China, is a major folk dance form in mass performance popularized in the country. In YangKo performance, people always play rhythmic patterns on the drums hung around their waists while singing and dancing. In my piece YangKo, I have imagined a warm scene of YangKo dancing in distance. The solo violin plays a sweet and gracious melodic line imitating a beautiful girl's singing, supported by the sound produced by the two percussionists, who play instruments and recite percussive words, with the ever going pulse, imitating the warm scene of the dance parade in the background. Under the request of Network For New Music ensemble, the piece is adapted from the second movement of my Chinese Folk Dance Suite for violin and orchestra, premiered by NNM at its 20th Anniversary Dance Project with the Phrenic New Ballet at the ArtsBank in Philadelphia on March 8 and 9, 2005.
Version: Solo violin and 2 percussionists
Year composed: 2005
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Violin
Instrumentation notes: For solo violin and 2 Percussionists (Adapted from the 2nd Mvt of Chinese Folk Dance Suite). Presser Publication [114-41272]