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Man-Ching Donald Yu: Surrealistic Soundscapes

Audio Samples

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Symphony no 1
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : From the Depth, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Octet for strings
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Sunset in My Homeland, for clarinet, violin & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : The Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna, for flute & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Explosion, for piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Disintegration, for piano & electronics
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Poems (2) by Ya Hsien, for voice & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Breeze, for solo flute

Album Summary

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Symphony no 1
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : From the Depth, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Octet for strings
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Sunset in My Homeland, for clarinet, violin & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : The Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna, for flute & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Explosion, for piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Disintegration, for piano & electronics
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Poems (2) by Ya Hsien, for voice & piano
>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Breeze, for solo flute
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dr. Man-Ching Donald Yu is a Hong Kong born Chinese composer and pianist. As a prolific and versatile composer, he has composed more than 150 original works that have been frequently performed internationally. The stylistic traits of his recent works are characterized by the intermingling of the expressive and lyrical language of atonality, stylistic diatonicism with new tonality, and Chinese color while sometimes blending with micro-polyphonic musical materials. Born in 1980, Yu received his formal training at the Royal School of Music and Baylor University, subsequently studying at the Internationale Sommerakademie Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg and at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he received his Ph.D. in composition and music theory. His music has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Yu's awards include the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship and awards from ASCAP. He is the founder and conductor of the Hong Kong Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and a faculty member of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Still manages to capture my interest. The emphasis is on orchestration and timbre.



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Works Details

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Serhij Chernyak
  • Ensemble: Lugansk Academic Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : From the Depth, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Amanda Li
  • Conductor: Jimmy Chan
  • Ensemble: Equinox Trio
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Octet for strings
  • Ensemble: Ukraine String Octet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Sunset in My Homeland, for clarinet, violin & piano
  • Ensemble: Equinox Trio
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : The Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Donald Yu (Piano); Bonnie Chung (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Ukraine String Octet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Explosion, for piano
  • Performer: Donald Yu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Disintegration, for piano & electronics
  • Performer: Donald Yu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Poems (2) by Ya Hsien, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Yu (Piano); Caleb Ching
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2006

>Yu, Man-Ching Donald : Breeze, for solo flute
  • Performer: Edwin Yu (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011