The Development Project for Minority Music Culture

Twilight of the Himalayas



 2012 BMMF


Beijing Modern Music Festival




Twilight of the Himalayas


Program Adviser: Zhang Qie, Shao Yujin; Appraiser in Chief: Zaxi Dawa


Composer: Xiaogang Ye; Playwright: Liu Sola; Story: Li Shaosheng


The famous composer Xiaogang Ye works with the crossover artist Liu Sola on Twilight of the Himalayas for cantata in the theme of the friendship between Tibetan and Han peoples


Date: October 24, 2011


Venue: Concert hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts


Orchestra: China NCPA Orchestra


Conductor: Lv Jia




Twilight of the Himalayas, a symphony cantata promoted as an important part of 2012 Beijing Modern Music Festival, is a piece of work combining the traditional and modern approaches with a mix of traditional Chinese ethnical music features -- derived mainly from the Tibetan music culture -- and European classical heroic styles. By the forms of expression in symphony, chorus and solo, it aims for presenting the long-term attachment and friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples from a new point of view of human nature, calling for peace and harmony, and provoking thoughts on the meanings of nature and life.


The Composer:

Being not only an established composer, but also a Standing Committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Vice President of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Vice Chairman of Chinese Musicians Association and Artistic Director of Beijing Modern Music Festival, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of the leading contemporary Chinese composers with representative works such as The Last Paradise, Horizon, The Song of the Earth, Chu (Symphony No.3), Nine Horses, Namucuo, Springs in the Forest, Yangzhuoyong Cuo, dance dramas Shenzhen Story and Bride in Macao, opera Song of Farewell. With a wide audience, he has received numerous prizes and awards, including winning twice the top award of Chinese film music -- Golden Rooster Award.