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Sound Of The Five

Album Summary

>Yi, Chen : Sound of the Five, for solo cello & string quartet
>Yi, Chen : Yangko, for violin & 2 percussionists
>Yi, Chen : Sprout, for string quartet
>Yi, Chen : Burning, for string quartet
>Yi, Chen : Tibetan Tunes, for violin, cello & piano
>Yi, Chen : Happy Rain on a Spring Night, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola & cello
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. A common element in their biographies is study with the Columbia University professor Chou Wen-chung. Chou Wen-chung and his student-colleagues all share an aesthetic which treats timbre as a musical element equal to melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. 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.

"[Chen Yi] is one of a potent handful of Chinese composers who came of age during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, but who were young enough not to be broken by it...Chen Yi is perhaps the most extroverted of these; her music has color, dynamism, and energy to spare. She's also developed an extremely fluent and sophisticated way of blending Eastern and Western classical practice. From the former, she takes traditional modes, rhythmic patterns, motivic formulae, and timbral/intonational inflections. From the latter, she takes larger developmental forms, quick modal modulations, polymodality, Western instrumentation, and extended performance techniques. The result sounds Chinese without ever sounding self-consciously exotic. No mean feat...For any interested in her work but unacquainted, this is an excellent introduction." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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>Yi, Chen : Sound of the Five, for solo cello & string quartet
  • Performer: Ron Blessinger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Yi, Chen : Yangko, for violin & 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Ron Blessinger (Violin); Niel DePonte (Percussion); Gordon Rencher (Percussion)
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2005

>Yi, Chen : Sprout, for string quartet
  • Performer: Ron Blessinger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Yi, Chen : Burning, for string quartet
  • Performer: Ron Blessinger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Yi, Chen : Tibetan Tunes, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Ron Blessinger (Violin); Hamilton Cheifetz (Cello); Susan Smith (Piano)
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Yi, Chen : Happy Rain on a Spring Night, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola & cello
  • Performer: Ron Blessinger (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kung Fu Bakery Studio, Portland, OR (03/19/2008-03/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2004