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Guoping Jia: “The pine-soughing valleys” Given World Premiere

The composer Guoping Jia, born in 1963 in Shanxi, China, wrote his new work “The pine-soughing valleys” for sheng, zheng and orchestra in response to a commission from the Musical Academy of the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra.

During the course of the 7th Academy Concert, Su Chang (zheng), Dong Ying (sheng) and the Orchestra of the Nationaltheater Mannheim directed by the Taiwanese conductor Shao-Chia Lü will perform the world premiere of this work on 19 May 2014 in the Rosengarten of the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Guoping Jia has supplied the following comments about his compositional breadth:
“Each traditional Chinese musical instrument has a century-old history, a poetic message and exhibits a musical tradition with numerous classical works of Chinese music. As a composer, I ask myself: how can I create something new on this basis? How can I lend new forms of expression and a new aesthetic to these instruments, which already have such a profound and poetic background? These questions were always the points of departure for me whilst writing new compositions. In my works, the traditional Chinese instruments no longer have the handed-down role of melodic song; rather, with the most varied sounds and tones, they form completely new sound constellations and musical material that can be used in many ways. This material is expanded and developed during the course of the composition in order to determine the overall sound effect with different constellations and transformations, thus lending new and gripping forms of expression to the traditional instruments.”

A further performance of “The pine-soughing valleys” will take place on 20 May 2014 at 8 PM.

19 May 2014
Nationaltheater, Rosengarten, 8 PM
World premiere: Guoping Jia
“The pine-soughing valleys” for sheng, zheng and orchestra
Su Chang (zheng)
Dong Ying (sheng)
Orchestra of the Nationaltheater Mannheim
Shao-Chia Lü (direction)


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