Dragon Rhyme

For Symphonic Band

Chen Yi

Set of Performace Parts and Score
Performing Ensemble: Wind Ensemble
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, English Horn, Clarinet in Eb, Clarinet 1 in Bb, Clarinet 2 in Bb, Clarinet 3 in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Contrabassoon, Alto Saxophone 1 in Eb, Alto Saxophone 2 in Eb, Tenor Saxophone in Bb, Baritone Saxophone in Eb, Trumpet 1 in Bb, Trumpet 2 in Bb, Trumpet 3 in Bb, Horn 1 in F, Horn 2 in F, Horn 3 in F, Horn 4 in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion 1, Percussion 2, Percussion 3, Harp
Item Number: 115-40206
Number of Pages: 300
Duration: 15:30
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

From the composer: Dragon Rhyme for Symphonic Band is in two movements: I. Mysteriously-Harmoniously, and II. Energetically. The first movement is lyrical, and the second powerful. Featuring the basic intervals found in Beijing Opera music, the thematic material in both movements is matched, and used economically for development throughout the work. The instrumental texture is rich in colors, from transparent and delicate to angular and strong. Taking the image of the dragon, which is auspicious, fresh, and vivid, the music is layered and multidimensional. It symbolizes Eastern culture. When it meets the world, it becomes a part of the global family.

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group
Composition Date 2010
Orchestration 3 (Picc.), 3 (E.H.), 5 (Eb Cl., B.Cl., 3 Bb Cl.), 3 (Cbsn.); 4, 3, 3 (B.Tbn.), 2 (Euph.); 2 A.Sx., T.Sx., Bar.Sx., Timp., 3 Perc., Hp.


I. Mysteriously - Harmoniously
II. Energetically

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