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Chinese Celebrations for String Quartet was arranged in 2000-2001 and published in 2006 as a Khach-22 production. The sheet music is available from the Shar Music and Johnson String Instrument online catalogs (on their websites, search for "Springer")
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Reference recording: Matt Springer and Elisa Tong, violins; Edward Hattyar, viola; Chuck Smith, cello.
|1. Feng Yang Flower Drum Song||mp3||RealAudio|
|2. Joyous Festival||mp3||RealAudio|
These non-professional recordings are a good source of interpretation for those who are unsure of how certain passages are meant to sound. The recordings are for reference only and are not commercially available.
Like the Chinese lion on the cover? It's loosely based on a photograph of the Fook Sing Lion Dance Troupe at the 2005 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, taken by photographer Bonnie Kamin. Check out her website for a gallery and San Francisco Bay Area contact info! Also check out the amazing, amusing series of coincidences that led to this cover design.
Program notes:1) Feng Yang Flower Drum Song: This arrangement is based on a well known Chinese melody, Feng Yang Hua Gu. Lee Chun-Ping composed a piece for traditional Chinese orchestra based on this melody, and added a nice slow section in the middle. I have arranged Mr. Lee's composition for western string quartet, retaining the Chinese feel of the original piece, and even incorporating the ubiquitous drumming of the original in the part of the lucky second violinist.
2) Joyous Festival: This arrangement is based on an original
composition by Su Wen-Ching and Chen Ju-Chi called Xi Qing, or Joyous
Festival. The piece has many sections, ranging from grand and ceremonial to soft
and pretty. The original piece, while written in the Chinese style, is undeniably
influenced by western writing; so the transition to western string quartet
is reasonably straightforward.
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