April 4, Birthday of Chen Yi (b. 1953)

Chen Yi, was a gifted child prodigy, playing both piano and violin. However, when the Cultural Revolution occurred in 1966, education stopped, her house was raided, all the instruments “liberated,”and she was packed off to the countryside to labor as a peasant. There she was influenced by Chinese folk music, and after returning to Beijing when the cultural revolution ended, she became the first woman in China to earn a Master of Art in Composition. She and her husband now live and teach at the University of Missouri-Kansas-City. I included two versions of Spring Dreams, one a studio recording and another live version, which I think is amazing. A to Z Challenge
“Ning” for violin, cello and pipa
As In A Dream (如梦令)
Spring Dreams
Spring Dreams (Live performance by Chanticleer)

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2 Responses to April 4, Birthday of Chen Yi (b. 1953)

  1. kvennarad says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Watching Chanticleer perform ‘Spring Dreams’ live gave quite an insight into the composition – how the composer intended voices to mimic natural sounds, Chinese instruments, etc., and how she wove folk melodies into the music.

    A hit, a palpable hit!

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    • kurtnemes says:

      I know. When I heard the studio recording, I wondered how they did that, and then seeing it was marvellous. I’d just gone Kayaking with my Daughter earlier in the day that I wrote it. She is a birder and she introduced me to about 20 new birds. A magic experience like this piece.


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