Romance of Hsiao and Ch'in

for Two Violins and String Orchestra (also 1st movement of "Romance and Dance")

Chen Yi

Duration: 00:05:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The piece is written for western instruments which will reproduce the sound and style of hsiao and ch?in ? the Chinese traditional instruments. Hsiao is a vertical bamboo flute which carries lyrical melodies through delicate lines, grace notes and silence. Ch?in is a two thousand year old Chinese 7-string zither, which has a rich repertoire in the history of Chinese music and literature. In Ch?in performance, it produces various articulations by different fingerings of plucking and vibratos, played with both hands. These two instruments are often played together, and produce a good balance for sonority and timbre.

In the Romance of Hsiao and Ch?in, the violin solo parts transmit a lyrical sense to express the composer?s love for humanities, while the string orchestra part sounding like an enlarge Ch?in symbolizes nature. The piece is dedicated to Maestro Yehudi Menuhin and Edna Michell.

Additional Information

Composition Date 1995
Orchestration 2Vln. Solo, Strings
Premiere 11th August, 1996. Shlomo Mintz, Elmar Oliveira, solo Violins, Orchestra of St. Luke?s, conducted by Yehudi Menuhin., New York.