CONSORTIUM FOR A NEW WORK FOR ORCHESTRA BY SHUYING LI

 

Purple Mountains is an orchestral overture filled with dramatic contrast, graceful melodies, and energetic rhythms. Musical ideas are drawn from the opera, When the Purple Mountains Burn, which explores the connection between Iris Chang and Shiro Azuma and the Nanking Massacre in China during World War II. Just like how the opera asks the question — what is it in us humans that could unleash the catastrophic power for one part of humanity to massacre and defile another part of humanity — The orchestral overture will depict the heavy subject in an abstract and absolute musical way: the fast whirlwind of panic and destruction, melancholy melody with dark and heavy harmonies, and uprising waves and textures that hijack the piece into a thought-provoking ending. For more information and musical ideas from the opera, please visit scene 10-11 and 14-15.

INSTRUMENTATION

2222, 4221, timpani+2, strings

DURATION

8-10 minutes

DELIVERY DATE

January 15, 2023

BUY-IN

$400

LEAD COMMISSIONER

Edward Cumming, Director of Orchestra, Hartt School

EXCLUSIVITY

Consortium members reserve the exclusive right to performances until January 15, 2025. Lead commissioner reserves right to the first commercial recording.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Matthew Aubin, Chelsea, Jackson, Southwest Michigan Symphony orchestra;

Todd Craven, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra;

Edward Cumming, The Hartt School;

Harvey Felder, University of Memphis;

Matthew Forte, University of New Mexico

Jeff Grogan, Oklahoma City University;

Ryan Murray, California State University, Sacramento

Danh Pham, Washington Idaho Symphony Orchestra;

Oriol Sans, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Please click here to join the consortium and the organizer will be in touch with you shortly.