Chen Yi

About this work:

I Hear the Siren's Call for a cappella is premiered by Chanticleer at San Francisco Conservatory, CA on 9/14/2012 and released on Chanticleer Records CD, The Siren's Call -- Live Concert Highlights. Here is the program note taken from the CD booklet: Chen Yi's new composition, I Hear the Siren's Call, blends her inimitable musical language with traditional Chinese musical idioms to sound the siren's call, using nonsense syllables and sound effects to create an other-worldly atmosphere. The sirens are represented by the highest countertenor voices, echoed by the worksongs of sailors in the ships below. As the sailors draw near, their increasing anticipation becomes palpable and the siren song is nearly overshadowed, blending into the sailor' singing. Their anticipatory chants build to a climactic shipwreck, after which one solitary siren sings a satisfied melody. Chen Yi dedicates the composition to Chanticleer "with admiration and respect," in this, the ensemble's 35th Anniversary Season.

Version: mixed choir
Year composed: 2012
Duration: 00:02:23
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices

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