Mo xie
for string quartet

Xiao-ou Hu
Xiao-ou Hu
Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:17:30
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Mo Xie for String Quartet

Mo Xie was inspired by the culture of the Naxi minority in China and written during summer 2004. People of the Naxi minority live in the Yun Nan province of China and are known by their ancient name, “Mo Xie.” The Mo Xie are especially known for retaining the ancient and unique Dong Ba culture. Dong Ba, meaning “Sage,” is the name for priests of the Mo Xie ancient religion. These priests have a good understanding of Naxi pictographs as well as an ability to hold various rituals. Ordinarily, the skill of Dong Ba is handed down from generation to generation. The Dong Ba religion is based on the Naxi religion with influences from the Tibetan and Han religious cultures. Mo Xie is based upon the traditional rhythm of Naxi dance and incorporates a folk song that is used to evoke “Shu.” The “Rite of Shu” ceremony, “Su gu” in the Naxi language, is recorded in Dong Ba scriptures. Shu and humans are brothers who share the same father but have different mothers. While Shu is responsible for the management of nature, humans are responsible for agriculture and animal husbandry. Over time, humans destroyed the forest, polluted the headwaters, and killed the wild animals. Shu began to retaliate against humans by creating disasters such as illness, pestilence, floods and earthquakes. In the hope of receiving forgiveness and blessings from Shu, as well as preventing the retaliatory disasters, humans invited Dong Ba to communicate with Shu and to establish a friendly relationship with him. To this end, the Naxi minority holds a “Rite of Shu” ceremony every February of the lunar calendar.In this work, I express my conflicting feelings at seeing the Mo Xie’s ancient culture facing the corrosion of the modern world. I want to awaken others and teach them about this precious culture which is gradually disappearing. If people don’t take care of the Mo Xie culture, it will become extinct.

Premiere Information:
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A
White Hall, performing art centre, University of Missouri-Kansas City
18 Oct 2004
T'ang Quartet: Ng Yu-Ying (born 1968), 1st violin; Ang Chek Meng (born 1969), 2nd violin; Lionel Tan (born 1966), viola; Leslie Tan (born 1964), cello


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 H87mo
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 10, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (55 p.) ;
    55 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 24
    4 parts ([24] p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 1 Dong Ba
    2 Rite of Su

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