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XU Shuya

Vacuité/Consistance

  • Category / Instrument : pipa, zheng, string ensemble and percussions
  • Duration : 13'
  • Genre : contemporary
  • Sortiment : Score
  • Number of pages : 49
  • Format : A3
  • Publisher : Jobert
  • Code : JJ2192
  • Published : 15/09/1996
  • ISBN / ISMN : 9790230821926

Premiere

21/09/1996 - Abbaye de Royaumont, Festival Voix Nouvelles - Wu Man (pipa), Yang Lining (zheng), Nieuw Ensemble : Hans Wesseling (mandolin), Helenus de Rijke (guitar), Ernestine Stoop (harp), Herman Halewijn (percussions), Angel Gimeno (violin), Daniel Rowland (violin), Frank Brakkee (viola), Daniel Haefliger (cello), Peter Luit (doublebass), Emilio Pomarico (conductor)

Commissioned

Nieuw Ensemble d'Amsterdam

Note

The idea of "vacuité/consistance" comes from the philosophy of Lao Tse and is also similar with the conception of "Kong/Ying" ("empty/full") of Buddnism.
From the view of music design and compositional structure, "vacuité" ("virtua") represents the ethereal timber, the spatial distribution of audio, the combination of rests and music hall's reverberation and the extension of music - "consistance" ("real") means the intensive intervals, the movement of music phrases or sections and the direction design of rhythm. There are three important tones which form the center of interval and the center of color which represents the imaged timber of Chinese traditional instrument sheng, and then they are developed and changed by variations and different playing manners.
The composer was influenced by the liturgical atmosphere in Tianning Temple of Mount Putuo (such as sound of bell, wooden fish and the murmurs of monks) and constituted the characters of music through different combinations of instruments and the development of rhythms.

Xu Shuya


XU Shuya

Biography

Xu Shuya, professor of composition, director of Academic Committee of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Born in May 1961 in Changchun of Jilin Province, he entered the composition and conducting department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1978 and studied with famous composers as Zhu Jian'er and Ding Shande. [...]

Concerts

    • 20.12.2018
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    • Qingdao (China)
    • Blüthner Grand Theatre
    • Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Hu Yongyan (cond.)
    • 14.09.2018
    • Insolation
    • Shanghai (China)
    • Symphony Hall
    • Zhejiang Orchestra, Shinik Hahm (cond.)
    • 02.06.2018
    • Insolation
    • Shanghai (China)
    • Conservatory of Music, Symphony Hall
    • Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Liang Zhang (cond.)

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