Xiaogang Ye: Telling “China Story” to the World

Sourced from PPC Daily . Journalist: Lian Weiliang



Composer Xiaogang Ye was invited by the 25th Musikfestspiele Saar and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and successfully hold two special concerts on November 6 and 7 respectively themed The China Story: The Song of the Earth as a part of Sino-German Cultural Exchange Project 2014 in Saarbrucken and Munich respectively. Xiaogang Ye is a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Vice President of Chinese Musicians Association and Vice President of the Central Conservatory of Music.



Naturally and openly telling true China Story by soft and hard strengths


The China Story: The Song of the Earth Concert in Germany was divided into three chapters, namely Twilight of the Himalayas, The Song of the Earth and Scent of Green Mango. Xiaogang Ye successfully held two concerts at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York in September 2013 and at China National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing in December 2013.


Twilight of the Himalayas,Op.68 by Xiaogang Ye was performed in Europe for the first time and eulogized fabulous landscapes in Tibet and mental outlook of Tibetans. The Song of the Earth was composed by Xiaogang Ye based on seven poems from Tang Dynasty and is different from Das Lied von der Erde composed by world-famous composer Gustav Mahler in nature. New piano concerto Scent of Green Mango fully demonstrated Ye’s composition talent and was premiered by famous pianist Amir Katz in Germany.



Orchestral suite The Song of the Earth is a theme work of The China Story: The Song of the Earth concert, which was composed by Xiaogang Ye in 2005. As early as 1908, famous European composer Gustav Mahler created his Das Lied von der Erde. To differentiate his music from Mahler’s, Xiaogang Ye replaced alto and tenor in original composition by soprano and baritone, and changed the sequential order of two poems and performer’s gender of four poems.



Refreshing western audience by Chinese music elements


In The Song of the Earth, Xiaogang Ye attempted to integrate Chinese and western music elements and combine western opera and Peking opera elements with orchestral accompaniment. He adopted standard instruments of post-romantic symphony orchestra except some local Chinese gongs and cymbals for percussion instrument performance. Xiaogang Ye tried his best to demonstrate “Chinese characteristics” in tone despite of western instruments. Piccolo solo played tone very similar to Chinese bamboo flute and two clarinets precisely imit