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82090 - WANG, Y.: Symphony No. 2, The War of Resistance Against Japan
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SYMPHONY NO. 2 THE WAR OF RESISTANCE AGAINST JAPAN
Composed in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the rounding of the People's Republic of China, this symphony vividly expresses the touching scenes of the Chinese people striving for the victory of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945).

The symphony is made up or four movements.

MOVEMENT 1 The War or Resistance
In the exposition, the primary theme and the two episodes strikingly convey the determination and strength or the Chinese people for the unified resistance against the enemy. Based on Siping Tune, a set tune in north Chinese quyi, a folk form of story telling with singing and speaking, the grievous indignant secondary theme tells about the sufferings of the Chinese people under the cruel Japanese aggression. In the development, the indignant theme builds up strength and forms a double fugato. Then, in the culmination of the movement, appears the melody of No Communist Party, No New China, a widely popular song by Cao Huoxing, which serves as a summary or the gist or the symphony: Only under the leadership of the Communist Party could the War of Resistance against Japan come to a triumphant conclusion.

MOVEMENT 2 Reminiscence
The composer borrows dramatic expression techniques from Chinese traditional operas to emphasize the profound and intense aspect of the feeling of the Chinese nation. With the wicked drum beats in the middle part appears the melody of Lugou Bridge, the Burst Site of the War, a Japanese fascist army song during World War II. Under the cruel aggression of the Japanese troops, the Chinese nation was in a unprecedented calamity. The melody of Zhang Hanhui's On the Songhua River, a song widely popular during the War of Resistance against Japan, on the solo violin evokes the people's memories of the bitter past.

MOVEMENT 3 Going to the Enemy's Rear Area
Serving as the theme, the melody of Going to the Enemy's Rear Area, a well-known song by Xian Xinghai, goes through the whole movement. By means of variation and development the music vividly portrays the heroic people's armed forces against the Japanese aggression.

MOVEMENT 4 Celebration of the Victory
This movement is a description of the festive scene of the entire Chinese people celebrating the victory of the War. By application of the melody of yangge, a folk form of song and dance, the music simply and distinctively conveys the joy of the Chinese people over their victory of the War and over their national liberation. The whole piece comes to an end in the culminant melody of No Communist Party, No New China.

CAPRICCIO ON A XINJIANG FOLK THEME
With symphonic techniques, Capriccio on a Xinjiang Folk Theme lays stress on the expression of the unity of the different nationalities of Xinjian, an autonomous region of the minority nationalities in northwest China, as members of the great family of Chinese nationalities. Besides, the music also expresses their pursuit for the future and for minority nationalities in northwest China, as members of the great family of Chinese nationalities. Besides, the music also expresses their pursuit for the future and for happiness.


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