Exploring Solo/Small Ensemble Series #6

Yun-Ya Wang: Playing Happily
Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra / Chih-Sheng Chen / National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. 2019.3.24.

This work is written for the plucked string instruments of the Chinese orchestra: liuqin, pipa, yangqin, guzheng, zhongruan and daruan.

The entire piece is played at a fast tempo, with each instrument showing a different challenging technique. Through rhythmic changes and dynamic contrast, a playful atmosphere is created between the various instruments, seeming as if they are competing with each other. The Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra commissioned this composition and premiered it in Kaohsiung City Concert Hall on September 2009.
(Trans: Kiah Mok Goh / Edit: Patty Chan)