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Music and Dance of Silk Road

"Presented by the Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theatre"
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event language: N/A
Length of event: 2h
Price range: Free

Programme of “Music and Dance of Silk Road”  -New Year’s Concert 2020

    1. Ensemble: Snake Dance
      Duration: 5 minutes
      Music Composed by: Nie’er

      “Snake Dance” was adapted by Nie’er in 1934 from a folk music piece called Dao Ba Ban (Flip Eight Board). With powerful gongs and drums, it conveys a passionate and bright melody, heightening the festive atmosphere.
    2. Ensemble: Horse Lantern
      Duration: 3 min.30 sec.
      Music arranged by: Xu Peidong
      This piece is adapted from “Horse Lantern”, a musical piece from Guangdong Province. Horse lanterns are typically special Chinese craft works, and are one of the types of traditional festive lanterns most commonly often during the eve of Spring Festival, Lantern Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. The composer uses a combination of creative techniques to rearrange the music piece which boasts a light, gay, and jubilant melody. The reproduction not only enriches the essence of the piece and makes it more intense, but also well preserves the unique artistic charm of Guangdong music.
    3. Dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) & Orchestra : Urging the Horse on with a whip to Deliver Grain
      Duration: 3 min.30 sec.
      Music composed by: Wei Xianzhong
      Dizi played by: Sun Chupo
      This piece, modelled after the folk music of northeast China, is one of the representative pieces of modern Dizi.Warm and lively, “Urging The Horse On With A Whip To Deliver Grain” uses vivid and simple music language to portray how farmers happily ride a wagon loaded with grain after a harvest and sell the grain to the state. Horses’ hooves clip-clopping, carriages’ wheels running, happy farmers whipping the horses to urge them on and spreading the joy of harvest on the road of grain-delivery.
    4. Pan flute & Orchestra: Mountain Eagle
      Duration:4 min
      Peruvian folk song
      Pan flute played by: Sun Chupo
      Classic ethnic elements, remote and mysterious melodies, quaint and unique Andean Mountain ethnic instruments add a charming touch to “Mountain Eagle”. The melody is quiet, deep, and lofty; it not only clears one’s mind like an eagle soaring through the sky, but also gives the world a new understanding of South American Indian culture.
    5. Zheng(Chinese zither) & Dance: Waters Flowing through the Mountain
      Duration: 5 minutes
      Performed by: Li Fan
      Dance performed by: Wang Jiaxin
      One of the ten great Chinese classics, this musical work, “Waters Flowing through the mountain”, exquisitely depicts the magnificent sight of the majestic mountain and different forms of flowing water, and how trickles of water converge into a river. The choreographer created “The Painting of Fan Dance” based on this famous Chinese classical song. The dancer, with graceful and elegant movements, closes and opens the fan in hand accordingly. She uses her body and the fan to express her inner feelings within the space around her. This is an excellent illustration of a trait of ancient Chinese dance that portrays “Spirit comes before the form”, that is, the essence and feelings are more important than physical movements.
    6. Erhu Solo: Reflections of the moon on the two springs
      Duration: 6 minutes
      Music composed by: Hua Yanjun
      Erhu played by: Liu Haijing
      From beginning to end, this composition reveals the thoughts and feelings of a blind artist named Ah Bing who has tasted the bitterness and pains of the world. “Reflection of the moon on the two springs” demonstrates the unique performing techniques and style in folk music as well as an incomparable artistic conception . It shows the unparalleled charm of Chinese erhu and expands its expressiveness as an art. As such, it has won the “20th Century Chinese Music Classic Award”. Through these touching sounds, Ah Bing reveals his love for music that sustained him through a lifetime of suffering, his love for his beautiful hometown, his love for the clear springs of Huishan Mountain and the moonlight that shines on the clear springs. That is how this timeless and beautiful piece of music saw the light and continues to move many from generation to generation, in China and abroad.
    7. Erhu & Orchestra :The Grapes Are Ripe
      Duration: 4 minutes
      Music composed by: Zhou wei
      Erhu played by: Liu Haijing

      Based on a Xinjiang Uygur melody, “The Grapes Are Ripe”  has been a popular solo Erhu composition  since the 1980s. It is charming and vibrant just like the beautiful scenery of Southern Xinjiang. The lively and vivacious rhythm of the music manages to transmit feelings of joy and warmth.
    8. Zhong ruan solo: Camel bells on Silk Road
      Duration: 5 minutes

      Music composed by: Ning Yong
      Zhong ruan played by: Lu Ping
      Percussion played by: Chen Sihan
      “Camel bells on Silk Road” is inspired by the folk songs of Xinjiang; it depicts the  scenery of a caravan of camels on the ancient Silk Road. Their camel bells can be  heard approaching from afar.  During their short resting time, the travellers dance merrily to relieve the weariness of the long journey. After feeling refreshed, they reembark on their long journey.
    9. Suona Solo:  Harvesting Dates
      Duration:5 minutes
      Folk music of Hebei Province
      Suona played by: Shan Weiwei
      “Harvesting dates” is a folk song played with the suona from Hebei province based upon an aria from “Zhao Liandai Lends His Daugther”, a Hebei opera play. The lively music depicts Autumn season in Northern China when trees are heavily ladden with red dates. The locals; old and young, men and women, basket in one hand and pole in the other, are having fun while harvesting the dates. A delightful scene of people in joy and laughter presents itself before us.
    10. Yangqin & Dance:General’s  Command
      Duration: 5 minutes
      Yangqin played by: Xia Yang
      Percussion played by: Chen Sihan
      Dance performed by: Pang Shaoyong
      “General’s Command” is a famous Sichuan ‘paiziqu’ (narrative song) played with the yangqin. It is one of the most symbolic works of its genre performed with the Chinese dulcimer and is also the essence of Chinese folk music. The composition depicts the scene on the battlefields during ancient times with beating drums, commands from the general under the military tents and the tension during the fights. The dance manages to emanate the masculinity and courage of the soldiers on the battlefield. The combination of such a traditional composition with the classic dance complements well together.
    11. Pipa solo: House of Flying Daggers
      Duration: 7 minutes
      Pipa played by: Luo Yi
      “House of Flying Daggers”, a famous Chinese pipa tune and one of the ten great Chinese classics, depicts the final battle of Gaixia in the Chu-Han war. The Han army defeated the Chu army; Xiang Yu, the leader of Chu army, committed suicide with his sword at the bank of Wu River as Liu Bang, emperor of the Han, became victorious.  The musical composition is divided into three parts: the preparation  before the  battle, the battle scene and the aftermath of the battle. It is powerful, striking and high-pitched.
    12. Sheng Solo: The Peacock Flaunting its feathers
      Duration: 4 minutes
      Music composed by: Yan Haideng
      Sheng played by: Zhang Xunjing

      “The Peacock Flaunting its feathers” is a composition depicting the peacock, king of birds, spreading out its beautiful feathers and performing various graceful postures to attract the female peacocks. The beautiful arrangement also  symbolizes auspiciousness, wealth and beauty.
    13. Male Solo: The Shore of Lake Baikal
      Duration: 4 minutes
      Sung by: Shui Shanzhou

      “The Shore of Lake Baikal” is an ethereal melodious song. This Russian-style ballad  song,  performed with Li Jian’s warm voice, unfolds before the listeners the  beautiful scenery of Lake Baikal, and puts them in the setting of a romantic story.
    14. Duet: Jasmine Flower
      Duration: 3 minutes
      Sung by: Estelle Cathan, Shui Shanzhou

      “Jasmine Flower” embodies the gentle and graceful style of the south of the Yangtze River, and portrays vividly the love and affection of a gentle and virtuous young girl for the fragrant and beautiful jasmine flower. Strongly attracted to the floral beauty, she simply cannot tear herself away from it. The whole composition is graceful and delicate, with deep and subtle feelings. Its well-balanced structure with periodic repetition complies with Western aesthetics, therefore also being much appreciated alike by lovers of Western music.
    15. Jinghu & Dance:  Deep in the Night
      Duration: 6 minutes
      Music composed by: Wu Hua
      Jinghu played by: Bo Miao
      Jing Erhu played by: Liu Haijing
      Dance performed by: Wang Jiaxing
      “Deep in the Night”was originally a well-known Peking Opera tune. It was later adapted by the composer Wu Hua to become a musical piece played with the jinghu and orchestra; it  has even become part of the melodies in “The Beautiful Lady Yu Suite”. It brushes a multi-layered and multi-perspective portrait of Consort Yu, of her dancing gracefully with a sword in front of Xiang Yu, the King of Chu, before his death whilst also revealing her deep love, her fearless spirit and inner thoughts. The composition perfectly combines both the traditional Chinese ‘sleeve dance’ and Chinese opera dance. Serving as an extension of the dancer’s arms, the sleeve movements help portray the dancer’s artistic expression to a greater extent. These swaying of sleeves consist of techniques which help in conveying different emotions such as happiness, anger, sadness amongst many others, helping the performer to more appropriately and more precisely depicting his or her character to the public.

Please note that the programme is subject to change

Date: December 22, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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22 Dec
6:00 PM