for Orchestra

Chen Yi

Duration: 00:12:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Momentum", for full orchestra (1998) was commissioned by the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Momentum is dedicated to the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Hajime Teri Murai.

The composition was inspired by the power of ancient totems, the tension of the breathing lava (before it breaks up to flow), and the gesture of the exaggerated dancing lines in Chinese calligraphy. This energetic, dramatic and forceful calligraphy made such a deep impression on me that I wanted to translate it into music, as a metaphor for the flourish contemporary music is making in our new society.

Additional Information

Commission Peabody Conservatory of Music
Composition Date 1998
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; 4Perc.(Timp.) Hp. Str.
Premiere May 2nd, 1998, Peabody Symphony Orchestra/Hajime Teri Murai, Alice Tully Hall, NYC.

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