National Treasures

National Treasures

I.          Fragrance of Flowers

1. Traditional Chinese Orchestral Music “Wondering Around the Border  7’ 50’\\’

Composer: Zhao Jiping, Zhao Lin

Conductor: Yu Fan

2. The Concerto for Erhu and Orchestra “Ode to Orchid  8’ 15’\\’

Composer: Chen Si-ang

Erhu: Yang Wenna

3. Chinese Ensemble “The Red Flower Reflected in the Snow”  7’ 08’\\’

Composer: Wang Danhong

Satar: Adil Jan

4. Guzheng and Pipa “Blossoms on a Moonlit River in Spring”  6’ 02’\\’

Ancient Music

Arrangement: Qiu Dacheng

Guzheng: Lei Dianyun

Pipa: Luo Huifang

 

II.       Beauty of Harmony

1. Chinese Ensemble “Moonlight Muse”  5’ 10’\\’

Composer: Wu Shaoxiong

Chinese South Xiao: Huang Kai

2. Chinese Ensemble “Dunhuang”  4’ 49’\\’

Composer: Jiang Ying

3. Jinghu and Orchestra “Deep in the Night”  7’ 25’\\’

Composer: Wu Hua

Jinghu: Bai Miao

Jing Erhu: Yang Wenna

Large Chinese Drum: Wang Jia-nan

4. Suona Ensemble “Watch the Yangge”  4’ 57’\\’

Shanxi Folksong

Arrangement: Jing Jianshu

Suona: Shan Weiwei, Liu Xizhan

 

III.   Whispering Wind

1. The Concerto for Horse-Head Fiddle “Origins”  8’ 48’\\’

Composer: Tang Jianping

Horse-Head Fiddle: Hasibagen 

2. Traditional Chamber Music “Daling Melody”  6’ 46’\\’

Composer: Wang Yunfei

Guzheng: Lei Dianyun

Korean long drumChen Sihan

3. Chinese Ensemble “The Frolic”  8’ 13’\\’

Composer: Zhao Dongsheng

4. Lu-Sheng and Orchestra “Train Arriving at Dong Village”  6’ 29’\\’

Composer: Yin Yongren

Lu-Shenga reed-pipe wind instrument: Song Yang

 

IV.    The Soul of Mountains

1. The Capriccio “Ambush From Ten Sides”  5’ 53’\\’

Ancient Music

Arrangement: Luo Huifang, Wang Jia-nan

Pipa: Luo Huifang

Percussion: Wang Jia-nan

2. Peking Opera Percussions Ensemble “ Battle of Chang Ban”  7’ 04’\\’

Composer: Wu Hua

Peking Opera Percussion: Tong Shengyuan, Deng Lifu, Qiu Tianyu, and Guo Enxu.

3. Traditional Chinese Orchestral Piece “Hero of the Mountain”   12’ 54’\\’

       --Excerpt from the fourth movement of the folk symphony Zhuang Poems

Composer: Liu Xijin

Conductor: Hong Xia

I.          Fragrance of Flowers

 

1. Traditional Chinese Orchestral Music “Wondering Around the Border

Composer: Zhao Jiping, Zhao Lin

Conductor: Yu Fan

A strong ethic style that changes with the theme and tone, first expressing the whip to urge on a horse, fragrant wild flowers, sounds of wild geese and jade flutes, the sun reflected in a river covered in a slight fog. While the essence of soldiers guarding the frontier, full of ambition, selflessness, and devotion can be felt throughout the piece.

 

 

 

 

2. The Concerto for Erhu and Orchestra “Ode to Orchid

Composer: Chen Si-ang

Erhu: Yang Wenna

The name of the piece “Yuan Zhi Xiang Lan” in Chinese originally refers to an orchid that grew by the Yuan and Xiang River. Chinese poet Qu Yuan throughout his compositions mentioned the orchid many times, for example, The Lament and Nine Songs, which expressed his aspirations and pursuit to defy high-power. The melody reflects similarities to the “Hunan Flower-Drum Opera” while using modern composing techniques to quietly describe the noble orchid with a soft lyric. The piece sang in the form of an Erhu Concerto representative of the people who sang the orchid carol. The piece features a lively and cheerful rhythm to describe the noble, elegant, yet generous orchid.

 

3. Chinese Ensemble “The Red Flower Reflected in the Snow”

Composer: Wang Danhong

Satar: Adil Jan

Composed and arranged from Why Are the Flowers So Red a famous Uyghur song. The piece emphasized the significance of Uyghur music, like the red flowers, strong, unrestrained, exciting, at the same time beautiful and lively.

 

4. Guzheng and Pipa Blossoms on a Moonlit River in Spring”

Ancient Music

Arrangement: Qiu Dacheng

Guzheng: Lei Dianyun

Pipa: Luo Huifang

Blossoms on a Spring Moonlit Night a simple yet elegant melody expresses profound artistic conception. A beautiful lyrical piece, like a picture of a perfect landscape, a quiet night in spring, a boat on the river, the moon rising from the East Mountain, each scene shown to us musically one by one that embodies rich artistic expression.

II.       Beauty of Harmony

 

1. Chinese Ensemble “Moonlight Muse”

Composer: Wu Shaoxiong

Chinese South Xiao: Huang Kai

Composed using techniques of Quanzhou’s “Nanyin” music that takes on the form of water. It expresses the nostalgia and the great love of “Nanyin” music.

 

2. Chinese Ensemble “Dunhuang”

Composer: Jiang Ying

Duanhuang composed using characteristics of Chinese instruments combined with both Western and Indian musical style tells us the ancient story of the silk road, the convergence of ancient China, the four great inventions, the legend of the Dunhang culture, a musical history that recaps the communication between Chinese and Western civilizations on the Silk Road.

 

3. Jinghu and Orchestra “Deep in the Night”

Composer: Wu Hua

Jinghu: Bai Miao

Jing Erhu: Yang Wenna

Large Chinese Drum: Wang Jia-nan

Based on the passage The Wind Blows Over the Lotus Leaves in the Peking Opera Sifan Goes Down the Mountain, this work grew into its current form after being changed and arranged countless times by generations of opera musicians. The title of the piece is derived from the first three characters of the first line of the opera. The Wind Blows Over the Lotus Leaves tells the story of a young nun lamenting her lonely and miserable life in a Buddhist monastery. Using various methods from folk music, such as embellishing, cutting, streamlining, and paraphrasing, the composer of Deep in the Night transforms the originally mournful melody into a powerful, passionate piece of music. In the Peking Opera pieces Beat the Drums to Offend Cao Cao and Farewell My Concubine, it accompanies multiple scenes, including Mi Heng Beats the Drum and Yu Ji swings the sword. Combining the strengths of different performances, this arrangement features an extended structure, which includes a prologue followed by Adagio, Moderato and Allegro sections.

 

4. Suona Ensemble “Watch the Yangge”

Shanxi Folksong

Arrangement: Jing Jianshu

Suona: Shan Weiwei, Liu Xizhan

Watch the Yangge is a folk song from Qitai County in Shanxi Province and is one of the most representative works of the “Yangge”, Applying the versatility of the suona, Jing Jianshu vividly describes how two sisters from a village brave the pouring rain to see a “Yangge”performance. The piece conveys the passion that villagers in Northern China have and their positive outlook on life.

 

III.   Whispering Wind

 

1. The Concerto for Horse-Head Fiddle “Origins”

Composer: Tang Jianping

Horse-Head Fiddle: Hasibagen        

This piece is a composition reflecting on origins, which can be said to begin in the spirit and natural world. It is separated into four parts that is constructed from two diatonic scales and two chords that continuously play on each other as the music develops. Using Mongolian ethnic musical style, instruments, Khoomei (traditional Mongolian singing), and “Horse Head Fiddle’” to express a desolate beauty and peaceful atmosphere.

 

2. Traditional Chamber Music “Daling Melody”

Composer: Wang Yunfei

Guzheng: Lei Dianyun

Korean long drumChen Sihan

“Daling” inspired by Korean folk songs, the Daling Melody features a combination of folk songs interpreted by traditional folk instruments. The expansive vibrato and dance rhythm of the piece is typical musical expressions representative of the Korean minority in China. It gives the piece its own unique touch, at the same time; it expresses the composer's love and respect for the minority music.

 

3. Chinese Ensemble “The Frolic”

Composer: Zhao Dongsheng

Created from a Yunnan folk song a southern province of China. The piece is divided into three parts with three different musical expressions, pleasant mood, picturesque scenery, and longing for happiness. Musical solos throughout the piece are used to highlight the national instruments “language.” At the climax of the piece both the national instruments and the vocals join in for a robust and refreshing finale.

 

4. Lu-Sheng and Orchestra “Train Arriving at Dong Village”

Composer: Yin Yongren

Lu-Shenga reed-pipe wind instrument: Song Yang

Lu-sheng is a traditional instrument of the Miao, Dong and Shui, China’s southwest ethnic minorities. By making full use of the Lu-Sheng’s various techniques and sound imitations, the music paints a picture of the people’s joyful and happy life while waiting for a train to arrive in the Dong village.

 

IV.    The Soul of Mountains

 

1. The Capriccio “Ambush From Ten Sides”

Ancient Music

Arrangement: Luo Huifang, Wang Jia-nan

Pipa: Luo Huifang

Percussion: Wang Jia-nan

Arranged from Ambush From Ten Sides and an episode from the movie House of Flying Daggers. The combination of Pipa and ethnic percussions mixed with modern elements creates a brand new image of this piece that is filled with tenderness and passion, yet solemn and desolate.

 

2. Peking Opera Percussions Ensemble “ Battle of Chang Ban”

Composer: Wu Hua

Peking Opera Percussion: Tong Shengyuan, Deng Lifu, Qiu Tianyu, Guo Enxu

Composed using “Four Percussions” mainly used in the Peking Opera and accompanied with Chinese traditional wind and percussion instruments. The piece tells a story about Chinese hero Zhao Zilong from one of the four great Chinese novels Three Kingdoms. Using the six different plots throughout the novel (Dragon from the Fire, Full of Courage, Warrior, Nice Zilong, Saving the Emperor, Kicking the Cao Camp), an image of a hero is formed. This is the first piece to use Peking Opera percussions as a medium to describe a story and hero.

 

3. Traditional Chinese Orchestral Piece “Hero of the Mountain”

       --Excerpt from the fourth movement of the folk symphony Zhuang Poems

Composer: Liu Xijin

Conductor: Hong Xia

Guangxi, surrounded by vast and imposing mountain ranges, is the land of heroes. The silent peaks resemble rank-and-file soldiers protecting the southern border of the homeland. The mighty mountain formations exude power and vitality. A new generation of Zhuang children is interpreting the immortal epics that shine upon Guangxi like the fiery rising sun.