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From Old Peking Folklore

For violin And Piano

By Chen Yi

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Strings violin, piano
For violin And Piano. Composed by Chen Yi (1953-). Solo part with piano reduction. With Standard notation. Composed 9-Mar. Duration 5 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41373. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114413730).

Item Number: PR.114413730

ISBN 9781598062199. 9 x 12 inches.

Prolific composer Chen Yi began her musical career as a violinist, and she has now written a performance piece for the violin student, in loving tribute to her native Beijing. The violin's part in From Old Peking Folklore imitates the fingering, bowing, style, and spirit of traditional Chinese music and instruments, and is orchestrated in such a way that the duet sounds like Jing Yun Da Gu, the folk music of her home area. Commissioned by the Music Teachers Association of California as a competition piece. For advanced players. Duration: 5' _______________________________________ 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
Commissioned by the Friends of Todays Music program of the Music Teachers Association of California, my violin and piano duet FROM OLD PEKING FOLKLORE was completed in 2009, and premiered by students on July 5, 2009 at the MTAC convention in Santa Clara, CA. I spent 8 years studying composition in Beijing about 30 years ago. When I went back to visit the city, and toured the newly opened Capital Museum in recent years, I couldnt help smiling when I saw everything in the exhibition that is so familiar to me. It reminded me of the folk music of the area, Jing Yun Da Gu, which is a kind of musical story telling, accompanied by a drum (played by the singer), which leads a small Chinese instrumental ensemble (the music is played in the style of the speaking singing). I used this musical language in the creation of my duet, in which the violin part imitates the fingering, bowing, style, and the spirit of Chinese traditional music and instruments. Combined with the piano accompaniment, my duet sounds like a short story told and sung in the form of the old Jing Yun Da Gu.

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