Slender Gold
version II for Chinese traditional instrument ensemble

Owen Underhill
Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Ethnic orchestra
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Programme Note:
This is a second version of 'Slender Gold' created entirely for Chinese traditional instruments. The first version was commissioned for a mixed ensemble of Chinese and Western instruments. This version was composed for the BC Chinese Music Association for the Canada 150 Silk Bamboo and Maple Music Festival and was premiered May 21, 2017 at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver. 'Slender Gold' is named after the highly original style of calligraphy created by Emperor Hui-tsung, the eighth emperor of the Song Dynasty. The style of calligraphy is both elegant and delicate with slender strokes that resemble gold filament in motion, twisting and turning. Although not a one-to-one relationship between the music and slender gold calligraphy, the music moves between simple melody, bold attacks and after-effects representing the turning brush, and dance-like music.

Premiere Information:
Vancouver
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
21 May 2017
Silk Bamboo and Maple Chamber Ensemble
Conductor Chih-Sheng Chen

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 U55sle
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 29, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    32 Pages
    Height: 17 inches
    Width: 11 inches
    Parts page count: 70
    Parts
    70 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Instrumentation:

    Dizi in D
    Xiao in G
    Traditional Sheng
    Pipa
    Yangqin (E bottom note)
    Zhongruan - G2,D3,G3,D4
    Da Ruan - D2, G2, D3, G3
    Zheng - tuning from lowest octave - D, E, G, A, C, D, E, F#, A, B, D, E, F, G, B, D, F, F#, A, C, D
    Percussion (1 player) - (Glockenspiel, Chinese gong - E, 2 large unpitched dagu, temple blocks, 5 paigu)
    1 Gaohu - G3, D4
    2 Erhu
    1 Zhonghu - G4, D5
    2 Cello
    1Double Bass
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