About this Recording
82095 - A Ke, Jian: Golden Peacock / Song of Huayi / Ancient Music of the Sunny Spring / Yi Melody

Golden Peacock
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
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
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.

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