Chen Yi - Sound of the Five | New World Records NW80691

Chen Yi - Sound of the Five


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Label: New World Records

Cat No: NW80691

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 13th December 2010



Third Angle New Music Ensemble


Ron Blessinger


Chen Yi

Happy Rain on a Spring Night
Sound of the Five
Tibetan Tunes


Third Angle New Music Ensemble


Ron Blessinger


Chen Yi studied composition at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and had lessons with Alexander Goehr, who was a visiting professor. Her composition Sound of the Five has the distinctive sounds of Chinese instruments but filtered through a Western post-tonal sensibility and scored for string quartet and additional cello. The other works on this CD also feature strings, percussion, flute and piano.

Chen Yi (b. 1953) is part of a distinguished cohort of Chinese composers who have immigrated to the United States over the past several decades.

One is struck in Chen Yi's music by the vibrancy and importance of tremolos, pitch inflections and articulations, while concurrently realizing that they are always in the service of the music, not there merely as "effects." Her music stands at the intersection of Eastern and Western musical culture, drawing on the history and music of her native China to create new works that are beautiful, evocative and highly crafted. The theme of cultural integration informs all her work and expands the definition of what we call "American" music. 

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