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A Green Jaded Winter : for solo cello

by Christine Pan (2017)

Work Overview

A Green Jaded Winter for solo cello was inspired by my family's immigration to Australia at the end of 2004, when I was just six years old. I remember sitting on our luggage cart as my parents wheeled my brother and me through the gates of the Shanghai international terminal and watching my tearful grandma slowly disappear behind the gates.

The work synergises Western and Eastern musical aesthetics to embody a personal journey of accepting my cultural identity as Chinese-Australian. The sonorities of the cello weave through moments of gut-wrenching tension and delicate resolution. It sonically paints my fear-ridden childhood through to my turbulent adolescence, when I was insecure and deeply troubled by the colour of my skin and the language that I spoke at home. With this piece, I hope to encapsulate my ongoing journey of self-acceptance, laughter and tears, self-discrimination and self-celebration.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Cello.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to my grandfather Pan Yigai


Article: A Green Jaded Winter
Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, University of Nebraska Press, Volume 25, 2021 pp. 128-131

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