Young Composers Project

Six “Songs of Youth”

Thoughts on the Concert for Final of 2013 Beijing Modern Symphony Composition Grand Prix



Concert of Final of 2013 Beijing Modern Symphony Composition Grand Prix & the Fourth Young Composers Project (YCP) was held at Beijing Concert Hall in the evening of May 24, 2013. This grand event witnessed 35 new works from such countries and regions as China (including Taiwan), the United States and Malaysia. The Organizing Committee invited four internationally celebrated composers as review committee members: Kaija Saariaho, Fred Lerdahl, Richard Tsang and Krzysztof Wolek, and selected six compositions for the final. Through the performances of Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (conducted by the conductor Zhang Guoyong), eventually, Ring on August, a musical work by Tian Tian, a graduate from the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), won the grand prix at this grand event.



The six works selected for the final concert were: Crystal II (composed in 2011 by Liang Xiaoyue, who teaches at School of Music, Nanjing Normal University); Sinking (composed in 2013 by Yan Yi, master of composition theory of Shanghai Conservatory of Music); Ring on August (composed in 2013 by Tian Tian, master of music composition from CCOM; Nidra (composed in 2013 by Wu Qingfeng who took courses in music and psychology in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and later took courses in music composition at Kansas State University, the U.S. and Graz University of Arts, Austria; Earthly Branches (composed during 2012-2013 by George Holloway who, after obtaining Doctoral Degree at University of Southampton, the UK, won Chinese Government Scholarship, and studies the Chinese language and works as a conductor and studies traditional Chinese music); Lines (composed in 2013 by Chad Cannon, master degree holder of The Juilliard School, the U.S.).


The concert was chaired by Professor Chen Danbu from CCOM. Tian Tian’s inspiration for the symphony, Ring on August, was sparked by The August Sleepwalker by Beidao, a contemporary Chinese poet. The musical vein of the work is a manifestation of the composer’s exceptional flair for music. It is really a good work featuring a good combination of music and techniques.



The first oboe “Theme of Depravity” at the 59th subsection of the work