Chen Yi

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Southern Scenes (2017)

A double concerto for flute, pipa, and orchestra

Chen Yi


1.  The Huashan Rock in Guangxi Ningming

2.  The Bamboo Dance in Hainan Village


The work is commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, for Gao Hong (pipa), Linda Chatterton (flute), and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestra JoAnn Falletta. The world premiere is on Jan. 7, 2018, in the concert Eastern Light in Honolulu, HI, USA.


There are two movements in the work: 1. The Huashan Rock in Guangxi Ningming; and, 2. The Bamboo Dance in Hainan Village. I am originally from Guangzhou City in Guangdong province. The two closest neighboring provinces Guangxi and Hainan are also located in Southern China. I have been fascinated by the absolutely vivid and mysterious ancient rock paintings in Ningming County of Guangxi, and excited by the dazzling and cheerful bamboo dances in villages of Hainan when I traveled to collect folksongs in countryside as a composer. In my double concerto Southern Scenes, all of my pitch materials were drawn from the simple and beautiful folksongs heard in the areas. The featured duet, flute and pipa are interacted in an intimate dialogue, sometimes expressive and dramatic, with colorful support from the orchestra. The pipa is a two thousand years old pear-shape Chinese lute with four strings and chromatic frets in a range of three and a half octaves.




2 Flutes (2nd flute doubling piccolo)

2 Oboes

2 Clarinets in Bb

2 Bassoons


4 French Horns in F

2 Trumpets in C

2 Trombones

1 Bass Trombone

1 Tuba


3 Percussionists:

Percussion 1: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Small Beijing Opera Gong, Tam-tam, and Japanese High Wood Block

Percussion 2: Sizzle Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, and Tam-tam

Percussion 3: Bass Drum


Solo Flute

Solo Pipa (tuned in G, d, e, a)




Version: For Flute, Pipa, and Orchestra
Year composed: 2017
Duration: 00:15:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Orchestra with Soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: Flute & Pipa Solo, 2222, 4231, P(3), Str

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