Golden Peacock is based on folk-songs of the Tai ethnic minority, living
in Xishuang Banna, Vunnan Province, in South-West China. The peacock dance,
with its elegant gestures and strong national flavour, is a favourite among
the Tai people.
Song of Ruayi
Huayi is a branch of the Yi people. Men and women, old and young, the Huayi
are all good at singing and dancing, and even when labouring in the fields,
they will beat drums and sing songs. Song of Huayi is an orchestral work based
on Asowey, one of the most characteristic Huayi folk-tunes. The first part depicts
the scenery of the Yi village, with green mountains and clear waters. The second
part shows the joy of the villagers after work, with festive song and dance.
The closing part expresses the villagers' hope for the future. The piece ends
with a magnificent percussion conclusion.
Ancient Music of the Sunny Spring
Also entitled White Snow in the Sunny Spring, Ancient Music of the Sunny
Spring was originally an ancient pipa solo which enjoyed wide popularity. With
a fresh, smooth melody and cheerful bouncy rhythm, the piece vividly depicts
the vigorous scene of early spring. The winter has gone. The earth has come
to life. All living things are flourishing.
Xianzi Dance is based on the music of xianzi, a kind of Tibetan folk-dance
popular in the area of Batang in Tibet. The rhythm is slow and its melody is
deep, lyrical and graceful.
The General (Overture)
The overture The General is based on a south Jiangsu chuida piece of the
same title. The original piece was traditionally used in Chinese operas as the
prelude or the accompaniment music to martial scenes, but folk musicians also
used to play it to highlight a festive atmosphere.
Chuida is a
kind of Chinese folk wind and percussion music popular in various regions.
Yi Melody, for flute and orchestra, is based on Yunnan Yi music. The piece
consists of three parts. The first, Seaweed Tune, depicts the working Yi girls
on the boats, dredging up water plants from the lake. Their songs are fresh,
bright and melodious. The second part, Dali Tune, expresses the joy of the Vi
people singing and dancing, and the third, Mountain Song, is a graceful and
lyrical love song.