Two Chinese folk songs : for piano duet
by Diana Blom (1988)
Also known as: 2 Chinese folk songs
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New Music for Multiple Keyboards : piano, toy piano, harpsichord, MIDI piano / works by Diana Blom, Michael Hannan, Andrián Pertout, Paul Smith and Felicity Martin.
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Little Cabbage is a folk song from Hebei, North China. It tells the sad story of a little girl who has lost her mother and worries about her father marrying a stepmother. It is quite common for Chinese folk songs to have several different melodies, or for the same tune to have different variants. The melody for Little Cabbage, in this piano duet, is different from the version Bright Shen uses in his Three Folk Songs for pipa and violoncello (1999), and from the version Tan Dun refers to in the third movement of his work for string quartet and pipa, Ghost Opera (1994).
The Fisherman's Joy describes the fisherman in his boat fishing, then at the end of the day, he sells his catch, buys some wine and enjoys his evening drinking and singing. The two piano duets revel in the richness of the pentatonic scale with the four hands of the pianists exploring the full range of the keyboard then interlocking closely together (sometimes with crossed hands) within one register. Thanks to Chong Kwong Mei Eddy for some of the information above.
Instrumentation: 2 pianos.
Contents note: I. Little Cabbage -- II. Fisherman’s Joy.
- In the form/style of: Chinese folk music
Performances of this work
8 Dec 2016: at Multiple Keyboards - new works for piano duet & 2-4 pianos/toy pianos (Theme and Variations (Willoughby)).
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