Chen Yi

About this work:
CHEN Yi: Jing Diao for full orchestra (2011), A Gund/Simonyi Commission for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra celebrating Gerard Schwarz's farewell season as Music Director. "Jing Diao" in Chinese means Beijing Opera tune. To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Seattle Symphony with Jerry, I wrote my "Symphony No. 3 -- My Musical Journey to America" in 2004, with three movements entitled: I. The Dragon Culture; II. The Melting Pot; III. Dreaming. To honor Jerry's enormous contribution to the multicultural society during his tenure with the Symphony, I would like to use the energetic "Jing Diao" to symbolize the high spirit in the meeting of East and West. Jerry's vision and leadership in American new music development brings our creative arts to the whole new world! I dedicated my orchestral piece “Jing Diao” to Jerry with my deep admiration and respect. The work was premiered in Seattle on 3/24/2011, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. INSTRUMENTATION: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn (in F), 2 Clarinets (in Bb), Bass Clarinet (in Bb), 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon; 4 Horns (in F), 3 Trumpets (in C), 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba; Timpani and Suspended Cymbal, Percussion 1: Xylophone , and Glockenspiel; Percussion 2: Woodblocks, 3 Beijing Opera Gongs (7",9",11"), and Tam-tam; Percussion 3: Claves, Chinese Cymbals, 3 Toms, and Bass Drum; and Strings
Version: Orchestra
Year composed: 2011
Duration: 00:04:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra

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