Exploring Chinese Orchestral Repertoire Series #45

Jianmin Wang: Fantasy Ballad

Erhu: Ming Yu Wang / Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Tien-Ku Percussion Group / Chih-Sheng Chen / National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan 2018.8.18.

This piece is based on the famous long narrative poem “The Song of Everlasting Regret” by Tang Dynasty poet BAI Juyi and composed as a single movement concerto. In terms of performance techniques, it has adapted some of the melodic characteristics of Shanxi folk songs and the performance styles of Chinese opera. The composer focused on mixing different ethnic traditional styles with some modern harmonic techniques to form this unique work.

(Translation: Mok Kiah Goh / Edit: Patty Chan)

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