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Odeon Chamber Orchestra performs work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019, 6:30pm

Union Hall, Rockport

Chen Yi, composer


February 26, 6:30pm, Union Hall, Rockport

The evening’s performance features a chamber work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi, accompanied by a short video of the artists discussing her work with commentary by Odeon conductor, Deidre McClure. Also on the program are works by Charles Ives and Edward Elgar. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception with the musicians. Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is proud to present this event in collaboration with The Camden Conference.


Chen Yi, Composer

Shuo by Chen Yi


Based on the first movement of Chen Yi’s 1982 string quartet, SHUO for string orchestra was commissioned by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra (directed by Barbara Day Turner), and premiered on January 22, 1995 om San Jose, California. The work is dedicated to Prof. Wu Zu-qiang, Chen Yi’s composition teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. SHUO may be performed by string orchestra or string quartet.


The Chinese word shuo means "initiate," and it also represents the first day of each month in the lunar calendar. SHUO is built of initial materials taken from Chinese folk music, and developed for an ensemble of string instruments. The mountain song singing style is presented by a viola cadenza in the introduction, and imitated by a violin cadenza in the last section of the piece. The fist theme is energetic and developed in a fugue style of writing. The pitch material of the second theme is drawn from a lyrical mountain song of the Shui minority in Southwestern China. All materials are combined into a brilliant finale.