Publisher: G. Schirmer
Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995),
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
[Bartok, Kodaly, and Stravinsky] were the ones who began a new approach to using roots music. Before them, composers just harmonized folk melodies. They didn’t convey the roughness, the savageness of this music.
I use [folk melodies] as a point of departure for my inspiration, and I take a lot of freedom. I’m searching for a new idiom that doesn’t belong to preconceived categories.
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Yo-Yo Ma, cello (songs no. 5 and no. 7 only)