New Music Release to be performed at PASIC!

New Releases!

Pius Cheung – Princess Chang Ping, Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra

Princess Chang Ping - Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra
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Princess Chang Ping was based on the final theme from the Cantonese Opera, Di Nü Hua, by Tang Ti-sheng. It is a melody my grandmother sang to me as a child; therefore in my heart it is more a folk song than an art song. It is a semi-fictional story about the Ming Dynasty Princess Chang Ping and her lover Zhou Shixian. The princess met Zhou and fell in love, but they were separated in war as the Manchurian army overthrew her father’s kingdom. She then became a nun, but eventually met Zhou again when they were both captured by the new regime, which granted them marriage. As an act of loyalty to her father and faith to her lover, she chose to end her life with Zhou by drinking poison wine at their wedding. In the end, they became a pair of flowers and their spirits rose up to heaven to rejoin her family.

The composition is loosely programmatic; focusing primarily on the complicated emotions at the wedding. To a certain extend, the marimba soloist represents the main protagonist, Princess Chang Ping.

Listen to audio clip of Princess Chang Ping (Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra)
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Available for sale is the piano reduction version. For Orchestral Score and Parts Rental, please contact pius@piuscheung.com.

Astor Piazzolla – Verano Porteno (arr. for marimba duo)

Verano Porteño (marimba duo)
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Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer) is part of a set of four tangos compositions by Astor Piazzolla called Estaciones Porteñas or The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
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George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (arr. for marimba duo)

Rhapsody in Blue (marimba duo)
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Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin is a timeless American classic. This version for marimba duo is slightly shorter than the original. The arrangement consists of a combination of adapting from the original and new materials based on Gershwin’s themes.
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Eriko and I will perform all three of these at PASIC on Thursday, November 15th, 4 pm.

 

 

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