Popular Chinese Piano Pieces: Dances from China & Music of Wang Lisan | Marco Polo 8225849

Popular Chinese Piano Pieces: Dances from China & Music of Wang Lisan

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Label: Marco Polo

Cat No: 8225849

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th September 2016

Contents

Works

An Bo

In the Wasteland (arr. Wang Lisan for piano)

Chen Mingzhi

Preludes and Fugues
» no.2 Folk Song and Dance

Ding, Shande

Spring Suite, op.1
» IV Dance with the Morning Wind
Xinjiang Dance no.1, op.6
Xinjiang Dance no.2, op.11

Du Mingxin

The Mermaid: Ballet Suite
» Dance of Ginseng
» Dance of Seaweed
» Mass Dance at the Wedding

Huang, An Lun

Prelude and Dance

Shi Fu

Cathgel Dance

Traditional

Celebration Dance (arr. Yin Chengzong for piano)
Collecting Tea and Catching Butterflies (arr. Liu Fuan)

Wang Jianzhong

Dance

Wang, Lishan

Lanhuahua (Orchid)
Other Hills
» I Prelude and Fugue in F sharp (Shang mode), 'Calligraphy and the Qin'
» V Prelude and Fugue in F (Gong mode), 'Mountain Villages'
Sonatina for piano

Artists

Koo Kwok Kuen (piano)

Works

An Bo

In the Wasteland (arr. Wang Lisan for piano)

Chen Mingzhi

Preludes and Fugues
» no.2 Folk Song and Dance

Ding, Shande

Spring Suite, op.1
» IV Dance with the Morning Wind
Xinjiang Dance no.1, op.6
Xinjiang Dance no.2, op.11

Du Mingxin

The Mermaid: Ballet Suite
» Dance of Ginseng
» Dance of Seaweed
» Mass Dance at the Wedding

Huang, An Lun

Prelude and Dance

Shi Fu

Cathgel Dance

Traditional

Celebration Dance (arr. Yin Chengzong for piano)
Collecting Tea and Catching Butterflies (arr. Liu Fuan)

Wang Jianzhong

Dance

Wang, Lishan

Lanhuahua (Orchid)
Other Hills
» I Prelude and Fugue in F sharp (Shang mode), 'Calligraphy and the Qin'
» V Prelude and Fugue in F (Gong mode), 'Mountain Villages'
Sonatina for piano

Artists

Koo Kwok Kuen (piano)

About

Folk-dance has always been of importance in peasant communities. China, with its wide variety of climate and terrain, has an equally wide variety of regional dances. On the present record a number of these are collected in versions designed by modern Chinese composers for the piano. Included is part of the famous Mermaid Suite, a revolutionary ballet that formed part of the limited repertoire open to trained dancers in 70s.

A number of the pieces recorded here are based on dances from the remote areas of China, in particular from Xinjiang which forms part of Chinese Turkestan, and from Manchuria. There are also dances from Fujian, and an unusual attempt at Western formality in the use of a typical dance rhythm to form the subject of a fugue.

Recorded March 1979 & October 1980

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