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Works by Guoping Jia and Wenchen Qin Given Premieres in Mexico

Guoping Jia’s “The pine-soughing valleys” for sheng, zheng and orchestra and Wenchen Qin’s “Across the skies” for pipa and string orchestra will be given their Mexican premieres at a concert in the Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City on 28 February 2015. The performers will be Ying Dong (sheng), Su Chang (zheng), Lan Weiwei (pipa) and the Orquesta Filharmonica de la UNAM conducted by Lin Tao.

“Across the skies” by Qin was commissioned by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic for the Troika Festival Petersburg. The world premiere took place on 11 May 2012 in St. Petersburg performed by Lan Weiwei (pipa) and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Jeffery Meyer.

Jia’s “The pine-soughing valleys” was commissioned by the Musical Academy of the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra Mannheim and was premiered on 19 May 2014 in the Rosengarten in Mannheim by Su Chang (zheng), Dong Ying (sheng) and the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra conducted by Shao-Chia Lü.

Guoping Jia has supplied the following commentary on “The pine-soughing valleys”:
“Chinese ink painting attained a magnificent apogee a thousand years ago. Numerous characteristic painting techniques were created during this time that expressed the inner feelings of the artist toward nature. My composition was inspired by the painting ‘The pine-soughing valleys’ by Li Tang from the Song Dynasty.
My composition consists of five movements, each of which represents a new interpretation of this painting; each one shapes musical material of its own, thus corresponding to five different sound worlds.”

Wenchen Qin comments on his work “Across the skies” as follows:
“’Across the skies’ is characterised by a feeling of free and unforced imagination. At the beginning of the composition the pipa plays in an irregular rhythm through ‘sweeping’ overtones. At the same time, several string instruments play long, soft tones that result in an echo effect on the overtone chords of the pipa, whilst the other strings strengthen the overtone effect of the pipa. A pale acoustic segment repeatedly appears throughout the entire composition; it consists of diatonic scales and creates an impression of religiosity. The piece concludes with a retrospect of dreams.”

Another performance will take place on 1 March 2015 (12 AM) in the Sala Nezahualcóyotl.

28 February 2015
Mexico City
Centro Cultural Universitario, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, 8 PM
Mexican premiere: Guoping Jia
“The pine-soughing valleys” for sheng, zheng and orchestra
Mexican premiere: Wenchen Qin
“Across the skies” for pipa and string orchestra
Ying Dong (sheng)
Su Chang (zheng)
Lan Weiwei (pipa)
Orquesta Filharmonica de la UNAM
Lin Tao (direction)

 

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