Tone Poem

for Chamber Orchestra

Chen Yi

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Commissioned by Idyllwild Arts Foundation for Idyllwild Arts Academy, my Tone Poem is written for and premiered by the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra on April 27, 2012, conducted by Peter Askim in Southern California.

The work Tone Poem is composed for chamber orchestra, 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.

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Commission Commissioned by Idyllwild Arts Foundation for Idyllwild Arts Academy, my Tone Poem is written for and premiered by the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra on April 27, 2012, conducted by Peter Askim in Southern California.
Composition Date 2012
Duration 00:08:00
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 - 2 0 0 0; Perc. Str.
Premiere April 27, 2012 - Southern California Idyllwild Arts Orchestra Peter Askim, conductor