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Ma Scicong: Music For Violin & Piano, Vol. 2

Album Summary

>Si-cong, Ma : Spring Dance, for violin & piano
>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 2
>Si-cong, Ma : Melody, for violin & piano
>Si-cong, Ma : Dance of Autumn Harvest, for violin & piano
>Si-cong, Ma : Sonata for Violin no 3
>Si-cong, Ma : Gaoshan Suite, for violin & piano
>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 3
>Si-cong, Ma : Ballade, for violin & piano
>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 4
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Chinese composer and violinist Ma Sicong was born in Haifeng in Guangdong (Canton) province in 1912, and was among the relatively few Chinese musicians of his generation to study abroad. He settled in America in 1967. The music on this disc embraces contrasting moods, each imbued with Ma Sicong's abiding love for his homeland and combining Chinese inspiration with Western musical techniques. Shortly after composing the Rondo No. 4 he wrote this heartbreaking entry in his diary: 'When can I end my exile? Nobody knows.'

"His music is a true mixture of traditional pentatonic Chinese folk music and late 19th-and early 20th Century French music. Violinist Hsiao-mei Ku brings out the Chinese elements in the more traditionally-grounded music by playing in traditional "erhu" style, mimicking the sound of two-stringed Chinese folk instrument...There is nothing flashy about Ma Sicong's music, but there is a great deal of emotional and structural substance...The musicians play with such sincerity that it becomes very easy for people with western ears to get swept into the world of bamboo, elegant landscapes, and the introspective beauty of ancient Chinese culture."-ARG

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University (11/22/2007-11/24/2007).



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>Si-cong, Ma : Spring Dance, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 2
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Si-cong, Ma : Melody, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Si-cong, Ma : Dance of Autumn Harvest, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Si-cong, Ma : Sonata for Violin no 3
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Si-cong, Ma : Gaoshan Suite, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 3
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Si-cong, Ma : Ballade, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Si-cong, Ma : Rondo for violin & piano no 4
  • Performers: Hsiao-mei Ku (Violin); Ning Lu (Piano)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Unites States (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983