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.
2222, 4221, timpani+2, strings
January 15, 2023
Edward Cumming, Director of Orchestra, Hartt School
Consortium members reserve the exclusive right to performances until January 15, 2025. Lead commissioner reserves right to the first commercial recording.
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Matthew Aubin, Chelsea, Jackson, Southwest Michigan Symphony orchestra;
Thomas Cockrell, University of Arizona;
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