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Redtrees

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs (2011)

Commissioned by The Curtis Institute of Music

Duration: 10 minutes

Scoring: guitar, violin, viola, and cello

Premiere:
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Nadir Khashimov, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola
Eric Han, cello
25 January 2012, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA.

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Program Note

Commissioned by The Curtis Institute of Music for Curtis On Tour around the world, “Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs” is a 10-minute musical journey inspired by the mountains and cliffs in Sichuan, China. Mountains have long been a major subject and inspiration in classical Chinese art and literature, which often carry a great sense of poignancy and expressiveness through sparse, simple words and imaginative images. As a composer, I wanted to create a musical piece that presents such qualities, and I could not think of a better combination of instruments than the guitar and strings to form a delicate and colorful soundscape, and to express a sense of tenderness and vivid energy associated with those mystic mountains.

The work, consisting of two movements, begins with a songlike and lyrical meditation, followed by a fast and playful finale.

—Zhou Tian

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