Nanyue King's Sorrow
The suite Nanyue King's Sorrow is arranged from the musical score of the
national ballet Nanyue King. lt is made up of four movements Robbery of Manyue,
Ritual for God, Crocodiles' Questions and Answers and Nanyue King's Weeplng,
which are performed continuously as a symphonic ballad.
The Crocodile King robs and wants to burn her as a sacrifice
for God. The witches dance the dance of souls. Manyue conveys her agony. The
Crocodile King directs the crocodiles to burn Manyue in the frenzied dance of
swords. Nanyue King comes in a hurry. But it is too late. He can do nothing
but weep by the fire for Manyue's passing away.
Song of the Pamirs
Based on the composer's personal experience, the symphonic poem Song of
the Pamirs was composed in the autumn of 1962 as the composer's virgin work.
In this piece the composer expresses his fond thought of the snow mountains,
the canyons, the blue sky and the prairie of the Pamirs in the border area of
northwest China, and of the simple, enthusiastic and hardworking Tajik people
In 1966, when the “Cultural Revolution” began, the piano score
of the work was torn to pieces in the political housing search Later the composer
managed to rewrite the score from memory and added to its recapitulation a mezzo-soprano
Shi Fu (1929- )
A native of Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, Shi Fu is a famous Chinese
composer. In his Childhood, he got wide contact with folk music such as music
of leather-silhouette show. In 1942 he entered Central China Higher School of
Arts, majoring in music and fine arts. There he joined the progressive musical
activities and began to write songs. After the foundation of the People's Republic
of China in 1949, he plunged into the thick of life in Xinjiang, northwest China,
where he collected a lot of folk song, learned the performance of local folk
instruments such as Donbra and Jevaf, and wrote a number of songs. In 1957,
he began to study at China Central Conservatory of Music Composition Department.
His important works include songs Stop and Have a Rest, Liberation Army Men!
and Song of Horse Herds, piano suite Xinjiang, orchestral overture Victory,
symphonic poem Song of the Pamirs, opera Aiguri ( in collaboration with Usmanjang
) and ballet music Princess Wencheng.
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most famous performing
ensembles in China. It was established in 1952 as the East China Music Troupe.
The first Director was He Luting, a well-known composer, followed by Huang Yijun
and Situ Han. The orchestra is now conducted by Cao Peng. In the past forty
years, the orchestra has given over three thousand concerts, including special
concerts for individual composers and musicians, and collaborated with singers
and soloists from allover the world. Apart from giving concerts, the orchestra
often makes recordings for radio stations, television stations and film studios,
as well as for recordings for world-wide release.
Cao Peng is one of the most distinguished conductors in China. He was born
Jiangsu in 1925. In 1946, he entered the
Arts Department of Shandong University. In 1950 he was principal conductor of
both the Shanghai Film Studio Orchestra and the Beijing Film Studio Orchestra.
In 1955, he went to Russia to study at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
under the celebrated conductor Leo Ginsberg. Cao Peng was appointed resident
conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra after his return in 1961. He is now
artistic director and principal conductor of the Shanghai Philharmonic
Orchestra, artistic director of the Marco Polo Symphony Orchestra, music
advisor and resident conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and music
director and principal conductor of the Shanghai Chamber Orchestra.