Ballad, Dance and Fantasy

for Cello and Orchestra

Chen Yi

Performing Ensemble: Cello with Orchestra
Duration: 00:20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Tracing back to the ancient culture on the Silk Road, I treasure the spirit of the eastern earth while walking into the rest of the world, and look forward to the peace in the future. The work includes three movements: I. Ballad of the Earth; II. Dance on the Silk Road; III. Fantasy for the Global Village. The duration is about 20 minutes.

In the first movement, "Ballad of the Earth", the solo cello plays a deep monologue, an ode to the earth. The musical style is drawn from the folk music in ShaanXi province, the birthplace of the Silk Road. In the second movement "Dance on the Silk Road", I got my inspiration from the ancient Chinese Qiu Zi Music (in today's Xin Jiang province) and the Hu Xuan Dance (brought from Mongolia), originating in the area on the Silk Road, which was introduced to China from the West during the Tang Dynasty. The cello solo plays a virtuoso part representing the major dancing role. The music continues on the solo cello part without a pause into the third movement, which is entitled "Fantasy for the Global Village". The music is expressive and impassioned, and the spirit is high and encouraging.

Additional Information

Commission Comissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for Yo-Yo Ma
Composition Date 2003
Orchestration Solo Vcl.; 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.CL.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere March 10 and 11, 2004, at the Pacific Symphony Orchestra's American Composers FestivalPacific Symphony OrchestraCarl St. Clair, conductorYo-Yo Ma, cellist


I. Ballad of the Earth
II. Dance on the Silk Road
III. Fantasy for the Global Village

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