Publisher: G. Schirmer
A Night at the Chinese Opera (2006),
Commissioned by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis for the 2006 Competition
Works for 2-6 Players
Piano + 1 Instrument
The basic materials in this work are derived from an instrumental interlude of the well-known Peking Opera, "Farewell My Concubine." In the opera, Princess Yü bids farewell to General Xiang her lover and master with a sword dance, during which she kills herself at the climatic point of the dance. Here I imagine the violin part delivers the female singing voice as well as the Peking Opera fiddle, while the piano part often gives the rhythm of the Chinese opera.