Empress Ki (viola da gamba music)
by Brooke Green (2020)
Empress Ki, known as the Last Mongolian Empress was Grand Empress Dowager of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century, ruling for 29 years. During Covid lockdown 2020, I became quite addicted to the TV series Empress Ki which traces her rise to power amidst the tension between her home country of Guan trying to assert its independence from the powerful Yuan dynasty of China. Part of her success was due to being a brilliant warrior so when the melodies wrap around each other I was thinking of a sense of struggle as she battles it out with her opponents. I've put in some of her deadly flying arrows while the more lyrical sections portray her happily horse riding over the hills. Afterwards I read how as one of the most powerful women of the Yuan Dynasty she did her best to help those affected by famine and disease.
Instrumentation: treble viol, 2 tenor viol, bass viol. (treble viol 2 may substitute for tenor viol 1)
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — no difficult rhythms or techniques, probably on the easier side of 'difficult'
Performances of this work
20 Nov 20: Glebe Music Festival, St Johns Church, Glebe NSW. Featuring Josie & the Emeralds.
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