Chen Yi

About this work:

Chen Yi's TONE POEM for chamber orchestra (2012) is commissioned by Idyllwild Arts Foundation for Idyllwild Arts Academy, written for and premiered by the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra on April 27, 2012, conducted by Peter Askim in Southern California. The instrumentation is: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 1 percussion and strings. The length is about 8 minutes. It is inspired by two poems by Su Dong-po (1036-1101) about southern Chinese landscape paintings. The imagination of the two beautiful ancient Chinese poems became the sonic landscape pictures, to share with my musicians and audience: The brimming waves, the sunny day/The dimming hills, the rainy haze/The West Lake as the Beauty Xizi/Whether she is adorned richly or plainly//Like spilt ink dark clouds spread o'er the hills as a pall/Like bouncing pearls the raindrops in the boat run riot/A sudden rolling gale comes and dispels them all/Below Lake View Pavilion sky-mirrored water's quiet.

Version: Chamber orchestra
Year composed: 2012
Duration: 00:08:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra

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