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East Meets West II: Clarinet Music by Chinese Composers Overseas / Jun Qian, clarinet

Album Summary

>Zhou, Jiang : The Four Gentlemen Among Flowers, for clarinet & guzheng
>He, Kay : Wings, soliloquy for clarinet
>Wang, A-Mao : The Feeble Breeze, The Sullen Spring, for clarinet, percussion & guzheng
>Long, Zhou : Taiping Drum (for violin and piano)
>Yi, Chen : Bagatelles (3) from China West, for flute & piano
>Qian, Jun : New York Improvisatory Dialogue, for clarinet & sheng
>Li, Qiuxiao : Wu Song Fights the Tiger, for clarinet & electronics
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Like volume one of East Meets West, this recording is a collection of new music for clarinet by Chinese composers who have lived, studied, and worked overseas. The compositions combine Chinese cultural elements with Western art music to create a unique intersection of cultures through the use of tone colors produced by the combination of clarinet with Chinese instruments, sound effects created with the use of both Chinese and Western musical forms and harmonic language, and a blend of classical and contemporary musical idioms. All the music on this recording was written or arranged for clarinetist Jun Qian. On the music faculty at Baylor University, Jun Qian is principal clarinetist of the Waco Symphony. Previously he was principal clarinetist of the Shanghai Philharmonic and studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and Eastman. He has concertized throughout China, and has performed and taught in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jones Hall, McCrary Music Building, Baylor University, (03/2014); Recording studio, University of Kansas, Kansas City, Mi (03/2014); Jones Hall, McCrary Music Building, Baylor University, (05/2014); Recording studio, University of Kansas, Kansas City, Mi (05/2014).



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Works Details

>Zhou, Jiang : The Four Gentlemen Among Flowers, for clarinet & guzheng
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>He, Kay : Wings, soliloquy for clarinet
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Wang, A-Mao : The Feeble Breeze, The Sullen Spring, for clarinet, percussion & guzheng
  • Performers: Jun Qian (Clarinet); Scott Steele (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Long, Zhou : Taiping Drum (for violin and piano)
  • Performers: Kae Hosoda-Ayer (Piano); Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Yi, Chen : Bagatelles (3) from China West, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Hu Jianbing (Sheng); Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Qian, Jun : New York Improvisatory Dialogue, for clarinet & sheng
  • Performers: Hu Jianbing (Sheng); Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hu Jianbing (Guanzi).
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Li, Qiuxiao : Wu Song Fights the Tiger, for clarinet & electronics
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014