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Fisherman's Song

For violin And Piano

By Chen Yi

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Strings violin, piano
For violin And Piano. Composed by Chen Yi (1953-). Classical. Solo part with piano reduction. With Standard notation. Composed 1980. Duration 4 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-40950. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114409500).

Item Number: PR.114409500

ISBN 9781598060461. 9 x 12 inches. Key: A major.

CHEN YI Born in Guangzhou, China, Chen Yi started studying violin and piano when she was only three, and received BA and MA music degrees from the Beijing Central Conservatory and a DMA degree from Columbia University in New York. Her composition teachers have included Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, Wu Zu-Qiang, and Alexander Goehr. Currently the Lorena Searcey Cravens Millsap Missouri Distinguished Professor in Music Composition at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dr. Chen has also served on the composition faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore (1996-98), and has been the Composer-in-Residence of the Womens Philharmonic, Chanticleer, and the Aptos Creative Arts Center in San Francisco, supported by Meet the Composers New Residencies program. Chen Yi has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Womens Philharmonic, Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Ying Quartet, New Music Consort, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Network for New Music, Music From China, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Major commissions have been supported by the Koussevitzky, Fromm, Ford, Rockefeller, and Roche Foundations, Chamber Music America, Creative Work Fund, San Francisco Art Commission, Mary Cary Flagler Trust, NEA, NYSCA, Carnegie Hall, New Heritage Music Foundation, American Guild of Organists, and Meet The Composer. Dr. Chens music has also been performed by major orchestras and soloists throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Fellowships have been received from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. Honors include the prestigious Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Eddie Medora King Composition Prize, the Lili Boulanger Award, the Sorel Medal Award, the Cal Arts Alpert Award, the Stoeger Award from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the top prize from the China National Composition Competition. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Her music has been recorded on the Albany, Bis, New Albion, CRI, Teldec, Angel, Nimbus, Cala, Avant, Atma, Hugo, Koch International Classics, Delos, Centaur, Eroica, and China Record Corporation labels. For further information on the music of Chen Yi, please visit
The pentatonic melody heard at the beginning in the Violin, and answered later in the Piano, is my original melody composed in the style of a Cantonese folk song. The middle section, as a contrast, is more active and energetic, with its momentum brought to a climax before the recapitulation.

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