Symphony No. 3

Chen Yi

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 00:20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Symphony No. 3" has three movements:
I. "The Dragon Culture".
In ancient totems, in its humanized forms, in folk traditions, the dragon has long been a symbol of power and spirit in Chinese culture. I come from that culture, with its thousands of years of history. I treasure that heritage tremendously, and want to share it with more people in the world.

II. "The Melting Pot".
I have been working in a multicultural environment in the United States for almost two decades, composing music which is expected to be a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures. I want my music to express the lifeblood of the new world in sound and to act as a bridge, uniting people towards a better future in the new century.

III. "Dreaming".
Only in the world of dreams can I forget that I am far away from my homeland... The music is mildly sentimental and nostalgic.

The work is dedicated to Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, and the composer?s dear friends and supporters, May & Wah Lui, with deep admiration and great gratitude.

Scores & Parts

Symphony No. 3 - Full Score - Study
Symphony No. 3 - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for its centennial season, with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Wah and May Lui of Seattle.
Composition Date 2003
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1: Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere March 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2004 - Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington Seattle Symphony Orchestra Gerard Schwarz, conductor


I. The Dragon Culture
II. The Melting Pot
III. Dreaming

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