Ode by the Earth
A Symphonic Works Concert of the 2019 Beijing Modern Music Festival
Ode by the Earth
——A Symphonic Works Concert of the 2019 Beijing Modern Music Festival
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 19:30
Opera and Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music
Guiyang Symphony Orchestra
ZHANG Guoyong, Conductor
1. Ana Sokolovic
Nine Proverbs for orchestra (2000) 20’
2. Alberto E. Colla
Ode by the Earth (symphony No.4) (2016) 17’
3. CHEN Xinruo
Yun Shao for orchestra (2018) 13’
4. Philip Cashian
Fanfaronadesfor orchestra (2018) 12’
5. David Dzubay
Snake Alleyfor orchestra (1989/2014) 10’
Guiyang Symphony Orchestra
An orchestra with a rapid growing reputation, the Guiyang Symphony has broken new grounds in China since its establishment in 2009. As the first and only privately funded and endowed symphony orchestra, it is a pioneer and forerunner in changing the classical music landscape of China.
Since its inception, the vision of the orchestra has always been to uphold the highest possible artistic standards, while providing an environment which is both conducive to positive music making and developing the artistic talent of each and every musician of the orchestra. At the same time, equal importance is placed upon developing, educating and increasing the audience base.
The above vision has seen the orchestra grow from strength to strength and is reflected in the number of outstanding conductors, soloists and musicians who have been attracted to perform with the Guiyang Symphony.
The Guiyang Symphony performs a different program each weekend at the Guiyang Grand Theater and it has performed concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Shenyang, Xi’an, Korea, and Singapore.
The Guiyang Symphony Orchestra recognizes the unusual position it is in, not only in China but globally as well. As such, it is keenly aware of its artistic and social responsibility and will be continually setting higher benchmarks.
Zhang Guoyong studied conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the direction of Prof Huang Xiaotong. In 1993 he was sponsored by the Chinese government to undertake four years’ study at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he gained a Doctor’s degree of Music. He is now the Professor of Conducting Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Opera House and the Music Director of the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.
His repertory encompasses symphony, opera, ballet and symphonic chorus, and he is expert in Russian works, especially Shostakovich’s symphonies. Wherever he has performed, he has always impressed the audience and musicians with his sharp hearing, strong basic skills, efficient rehearsal method and appropriate handling of the music’s structure.
In recent years he has been invited as national representative to take part in important international events including the gala concert of the Culture Years with many countries around the world.
An important figure in contemporary music, the composer Ana Sokolović has distinguished herself both in Canada and internationally.
Her works, infused with Balkan rhythms, are influenced by different artistic disciplines and seduce an ever-growing audience, drawing them into a vividly imagined world. Her success is revealed through prestigious collaborations with Canadian orchestras, leading artists on the musical scene, as well as many Quebecois chamber music ensembles. Her varied repertoire, which has received numerous awards and prizes, includes several productions of her operas, such as Svadbawhich « seems to invent a phonetic universe of the human heart » (Le Monde) and The Midnight Court, which was produced at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In addition to her activities as a composer, Ana Sokolovićis also a professor of composition at the University of Montreal.
Nine ProverbsProgram note
Nine Proverbswas inspired by the painting of the same name by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1647), which I saw in 1998 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I was at once seduced by the satire and the anecdotal aspects of this picturesque work, as well as by the literal presentation of the actual meaning of the proverbs. Nine Proverbshas nineattaccamovements, each with a contrasting atmosphere. We can, however, recognize several unifying elements in the modes, chords, rhythmical structures and colours
Alberto E. Colla was born in Italy, in 1968. A pupil of Carlo Mosso, he graduated in composition, piano, choral music and choir conducting. His studies continued with Azio Corghi at the Accademia Internazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome where he was the recipient of the SIAE scholarship as the most talented graduate.
Winner of 12 first prizes in International Composition Competitions, composer of over 130 works Colla has been hailed as one of Europe’s most prolific composers, Colla is particularly committed to the realization of large orchestral works, which have been performed by some of the most prestigious orchestras: Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Julliard Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Münchner Runfunkorchester, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Arena di Verona...
He teaches composition at the Conservatorio L. Canepa in Sassari, Sardinia. His works are published by Ricordi and Sonzogno in Milan and by Universal in Vienna.
Ode by the Earth - Symphony No. 4 (2016)
Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
In this symphony in three movements, I intend to achieve my most recent expressive need: the search for an ecological music, away from sources of human-caused noise pollution.
I seek the sound of the Earth: of the ocean surface and its depths, of the land and its creatures, the clear crystal air of the mountain peaks and the densest air of depressions, plains and deserts.
The Ode by the Earth is an ode to the pure sound. It is not a symphony dedicated to the Earth, but a song that has the Earth itself as the source.
Head of Teaching and Researching at Central Conservatory of Music
Chen XinRuo,born in Wuhan, China. In 1996, he studies in composition with Prof. Luo Xinmin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; obtaining a Masters and Doctoral degree under the famous Chinese contemporary composer Prof. Guo Wenjing, in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
In January 2018, his work “Concerto Grosso-for mixed chamber orchestra” premiered at the Lincoln Art Center in New York,USA. In May 2018, in the sixth session of Liu Tianhua’s Collection of Chamber Music works of Chinese Instruments, he won the first prize for his work “SeJuTeng”. In October 2018, his work ”Yun Shao-for Orchestra” premiered at Carnegie Hall,USA.
In 2001, Chen Xinruo collaborated with the famous Chinese clarinetist Wang Tao to form Children’s Garden. As a piano and clarinet duo, they have released six albums in the styles of pop and crossover produced by Primal Beat Creations (PBC) Music, Taiwan. Their forth album, “Send You a Blue Gift for Winter”(送你冬日蓝), won the "Best Pop Instrumental Album" at the 18th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards in 2007. In 2012, the sixth album, “Love Without Boundaries” （爱无界）, won the "Best Composer of Pop Instrumental Album" in the 23rd Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.
The textbook “Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation”(即兴键盘和声-陈老师教你边弹边弹) was published by the Central Conservatory of Music Press in November 2016.
Philip Cashian was born in Manchester, England in 1963. His fast-paced style of music has been described as ‘an uncompromising reflection of the modern world’ and is regularly performed and broadcast worldwide. His wide ranging tastes and influences include Stravinsky, Zappa, Birtwistle and Sibelius. His music is also strongly influenced by the visual arts.
His extensive catalogue includes chamber, vocal and orchestral music, concertos and an opera, The Cumnor Affair, as well as music for young and amateur musicians.
Recent commissions include his String Quartet No.2, premiered by the Gildas Quartet at the 2017 St Magnus Festival and Leonora Pictures for mixed ensemble written for Psappha. The Book of Ingenious Devices was premiered by Huw Watkins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen, in the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival and described in The Times as ’mesmerising music’.
Cashian has been Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music since 2007. Recordings of his music are available on the NMC label and his music is published by Chester Music and Composers Edition.
Philip Cashian:Fanfaronades (2018, world premiere)
‘fanfaronade’ is a noun that translates as arrogant or boastful talk. These two short movements for symphony orchestra (lasting about 12 minutes) are each an attempt to instantly capture and hold a vivid musical idea. Creating a sense of musical momentum has always fascinated me and from the arresting unison horn figure at the outset, the first movement is made of music that is constantly pushing forward. By contrast, the second movement is more capricious and unpredictable in character, playing with orchestral textures and full of constantly shifting rhythmic ideas and patterns.
David Dzubay is chair of the Composition Department and Director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Recent honors include Guggenheim, Bogliasco, MacDowell, Yaddo, Copland House and Djerassi fellowships, a 2011 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2015 Fromm Commission. His music has been performed by orchestras, ensembles and soloists in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Asia, and is published by Pro Nova Music. He spent three years as Composer-Consultant to the Minnesota Orchestra, one with the Green Bay Symphony, and since 2011, he has taught composition for three weeks each summer at the Brevard Music Center. He will teach in July at the 2019 Beijing International Composition Workshop at the Central Conservatory. Premieres in 2019 include works for the Pacifica String Quartet, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and the Grossman Ensemble of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition.
Snake Alley, by David Dzubay – Program Note
I played trumpet in an orchestra that performed at the 1988 Olympic Arts Festival in Seoul; we also visited Taipei and saw the famous “Snake Alley” market. This piece is based on that colorful visit, beginning with the taxi ride from hotel to market and continuing with an exploration of the sights and sounds to be found, including the red-light district and a group of children with a monk singing a folk tune. After the taxi ride home that reverses the opening minute of music, the work ends with a nightmarish collage of the day’s events that gradually calms.