Fountains of KC

for Orchestra

Chen Yi

Duration: 00:10:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

We are in the city of fountains, and the word KC represents Kansas City, as well as the Kauffman Center. In my music, I express my excitement and impression inspired by the beautiful scenes of our city, which is rich with landmark fountains, to celebrate the opening of the Kauffman center for the Performing Arts in 2011. Commissioned by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, in support of the Friends of the UMKC Conservatory?s 2009 Crescendo benefit gala, the work was premiered by the Kansas City Symphony (led by its Music Director, Michael Stern) on Sept. 23, 2011, at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Scored for full orchestra, the duration of the work is about 10 minutes.

There are two major motives in the piece. The first one is taken from the image and gesture of water spurting. It?s presented in my music by a group of strings with long and short sliding tone clusters. The material is heard several times, serving as a frame of the musical structure, which leads our imaginations traveling to a different scene, from one to the other ? mysterious, imaginative, colorful, playful, spiritual, and magnificent towards the end. The second is an energetic ascending 4-note thematic material, E-D-A-B, constructed by a minor seventh (2 perfect fourths overlapped) and a major second, to symbolize the lively city and our people. The melodic style is drawn from the folk music of Shaanxi province in China, where the first emperor was located. The eastern end of the ancient Silk Road, Xi?an is the capital of the province. It?s also a Sister City of Kansas City.

Scores & Parts

Fountains Of KC - Full Score - Study
Fountains Of KC - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, in support of the Friends of the UMKC Conservatory
Composition Date 2011
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere September 23, 2011 - Heltberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City Symphony Michael Stern, conductor

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