Dance concerto
solo dancer, flute, percussion and strings

Composition Date: 2006
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Septets, Woodwind(s) / Brass, Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Unknown instrument
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
This composition is based on two famous Peking Opera excerpts: the Drunken Beauty and the Female Warrior. The Drunken Beauty is a stylish depiction about an aging concubine drowning her sorrows after being stood up by the emperor on a date. The Female Warrior displays the military competency and vibrancy of a young female guarding her village. These excerpts are preceded by an Overture, Narration, and Interlude respectively. These instrumental show pieces prepare the entrance of the dancer, who acts as “soloist” in a “concerto” format with the Western instrumental ensemble. While there is no specific “dance" assigned, the soloist becomes the “free artist” to create his or her dance choreography suggested by the multiple roles in these Opera excerpts. The instrumental ensemble expresses the “other personalities”, unfolding a theatrical scenario that reacts closely to the solo dancer. The composition itself is not so much about story telling, but a reinvention of the drama and emotional complexity find in Chinese Opera tradition. Various stylized vocalization, melodramatic approach of instrumental playing, use of invented folk melodies and percussive instruments insinuate the classical Chinese dance or opera ritual.
The piece is commissioned by the Newfoundland Symphony’s Sinfonia, with conductor/music director Peter Gardner and written particularly for classical Chinese dancer William Lau, through a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.

Premiere Information:
Sept. 20, 2008 Cook Hall, Memorial Univeristy St. John's Newfoundland Francesca Swann - Producer Terry Winsor - Recording Engineer The Newfoundland Symphony with dance soloist William Lau Peter Gardner, conductor.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8743 H678da
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Septets, Woodwind(s) / Brass, Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 18, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (160 p.) ; 28 cm.
    160 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 296
    7 parts ((296) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Solo Chinese dancer, solo flute, percussion, and strings
    1. Overture.
    2. Drunken Beauty
    3. Fair Maiden from a Distant Land
    4. Interlude
    5. Female Warrior
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