Ge Xu (Antiphony)

Chen Yi

Duration: 00:08:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

This work was commissioned by the Bay Area Women?s Philharmonic during the composer?s residency supported by the national Meet the Composer program. The piece was completed in 1994 and premiered January 28, 1995.

For celebrating the Chinese lunar New Year or mid-autumn festival, Zhuang minority people in Southern China often gather in the field and sign mountain songs in solo, choir or antiphonal forms. In the antiphonal singing, distinct groups or individuals make up the texts in a style of antithetical couplets, competing with one another. It is this vivid scene which has inspired the composer to write music for keeping spirits high and hope alive.

Scores & Parts

Ge Xu (Antiphony) - Full Score - Study
Ge Xu (Antiphony) - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Composition Date 1994
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 0; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere The Women?s Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, January 28, 1995, Berkley, CA

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