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Program Note

The poetry of the Song Dynasty has long been a staple in the Chinese culture, and Hangzhou, once the capital of Southern Song, has fittingly commissioned the acclaimed Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian to create a symphonic piece of music to celebrate the city’s magnificent cultural heritage. “Broken Ink,” a symphonic suite inspired by the poetry of the Song dynasty, marries the Chinese traditions with the power of the Western symphony orchestra in an attempt to convey a sense of lingering poetic flavor in the 21st century. The programmatic work contains five movements, each inspired by a particular poem:
 

I. Hearing the Sound of the Rain and Bell

II. Watching the Tidal Bore

III. The Drizzling Rain at the Plum Season

IV. The Mighty River Runs Eastward

V. Listening to the Land
 

Each movement of the suite can be independently programed and performed.

Broken Ink was commissioned by Hangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles with support from the Hangzhou city government. The score calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet in E-flat, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, piano (doubling celesta), an optional chorus, and strings.

 

 

Recording of this work available from

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Note: the revised score contains sections that are different from the recordings below

 

I. Hearing the Sound of the Rain and the Bell

II. Watching the Tidal Bore (with optional choir)

III. The Drizzling Rain at the Plum Season

IV. The Mighty River Runs Eastward (with optional choir)

V. Listening to the Land

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Broken Ink (2013)

Commissioned by Hangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles

Duration: 33 minutes

Scoring: 3(picc).3(corA).3(Bs.Cl).3(cbn)/
4331/timp/4 perc/hp/pno(cel.)/str

Also: version for orchestra with chorus

Premiere:
31 December 2013, Hangzhou Grand Theatre, Hangzhou, China.
Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra
Yang Yang, conductor

Recording: Pacific PCD6453
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