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82077 - NIE: Village Girl Beyond the Great Wall
In the history of modern Chinese music, Nie Er (1912- 1935) has undoubtedly taken a special position. lt is not only because his March of Volunteers was later adopted as the present national anthem of the People’s Republic of China, but in his short life, he created for the people many other songs and instrumental pieces. Some of his works reflected the sufferings and groaning of the broad mass of the labouring people at that time, and others were an expression of the patriotism and resistance of the Chinese people in face of the Japanese aggression. His works, some full of tremendous momentum and imbued with the spirit of the age, some lyrical, graceful and in a strongly national style, were not only great favourites of Chinese at home and abroad then, but are also still treasured by the Chinese people today as precious elements of the Chinese national music, Though his career as a composer lasted for only two years, from the publishing of his first composition to his accidental death when swimming in the sea of Japan, his works have had a uniquely profound influence on modern Chinese music. The eight orchestral pieces here included are all arrangements of Nie Er’s songs. The arrangers here adapted and enriched the expressive power of the originals, giving the audience a completely new artistic experience and deeper understanding.
VILLAGE GIRL BEYOND THE GREAT WALL
Village Girl beyond the Great Wall was originally composed in 1935 as a song in the film Refuge, which describes the sufferings of the farmers beyond the Great Wall in face of the Japanese invasion, and their rebellious spirit. In this film, the song Village Girl beyond the Great Wall is sung by a village girl when milling grain The melody vividly depicts the village girl, hungry, cold and tired, driving the milling roller with difficulty. The music contains the enormous sadness of the impoverished peasants.
Graduation Song was written in 1934 as a song in
the film The Pupil To Be A Thief.
This film describes the misfortune of some young Chinese students after the
September 18th Incident of 1931, which Japanese fascists began their invasion
Leaving Southeast Asia was composed in 1934 as a song in
the drama Return of Spring. During the
War of Resistance against
SONG OF THE
Song of the Broad Road was originally written in 1934 as the theme song of the film The Broad Road. Through the description of the road builders, who, facing the intense heat of summer and braving the icy temperatures of winter, united to construct a broad road of freedom at the risk of the enemy’s gunfire, this film vividly reflects the desire of the Chinese people to resist the Japanese invaders. With the rhythm of the work-song sung by the road roller-drawers running through the whole song, with each syllable of the words set to a single note of the music, the music sounds steady and strong, depicting the heavy work of the road-builders and gives expression to the iron will of the Chinese people and their determination to carry resistance against the invaders through to the end.
SINGING GIRL DOWNTRODDEN
Singing Girl Downtrodden was originally composed in 1935 as a song in the film Children of the Storm. The song touchingly expresses the sufferings of the singing girls in the most humble class and their indignant condemnation of the dark society. In the national crisis, these singing girls, suffering hunger and cold, were forced to tramp hither and thither, making a living by singing. Though they had tasted to the full the bitterness of life and were beaten black and blue, they were unfairly treated as not caring about the danger of national subjugation.
SONG OF THE NEWSBOY
In 1933, when Nie Er was working at the Shanghai Lianhua Film Studio, he made friends with a newsgirl about ten years old. Every day before dawn the little girl had to queue up for the newspapers to be sold, and she always had to sell newspapers late into the night. If she failed to sell all the newspapers, her family would go hungry. The girl’s sufferings made a great impact on him, and it was with the little newsgirl as the model that Nie Er composed the Song of the Newsboy In 1934, when the drama Storm over the Yangtze River was staged in Shanghai, Nie Er specially invited the little newsgirl to play the role of a newsboy in the drama and sing the song, which soon becomes very popular. With resilient rhythm and lively melody, the song vividly portrays the image of an innocent newsboy and expresses his bitterness and his hope for the future.
SONG OF WHIRLING FLOWERS
Song of Whirling Flowers was composed in 1934 as the theme
song of the film
SONG OF MEI NIANG
Song of Mei Niang was composed in 1934 as a song in
the drama Return of Spring. The drama
depicts the overseas Chinese in
SHANGHAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Shanghai Philharmonic
Orchestra is among the most distinguished ensembles of its kind in
One of the most
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