Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Please Write or Call WETA/WGMS-FM Today And Request That They Program Living Classical Music Including Chen Yi's Si Ji (Four Seasons)

Not coming soon to the racist, anti-living classical music public radio station, WETA/WGMS-FM, in the increasingly culturally isolated Nation's Capital:

"CHEN YI was born in Guangzhou, one of the largest cities in southern China, on April 4, 1953. She now lives in New York City and Kansas City (where she is on the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Music). ... Franz Welser-Möst led the Cleveland Orchestra in the world premiere of Si Ji in Lucerne on August 26, 2005. The work was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music. These performances mark the San Francisco Symphony/West Coast premiere. Si Ji is scored for three flutes and piccolo, three oboes and English horn, three clarinets and bass clarinet, three bassoons and contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (divided among four players, the first playing vibraphone, Beijing Opera gong, and bongo; the second playing marimba and tam-tam; the third playing xylophone and bass drum; the fourth playing snare drum, triangle, and suspended cymbal), harp, and strings. Chen dedicates the score to her mentor Chou Wen-chung." ...

Thomas May's Full San Francisco Symphony Program Note to West Coast Premiere of Cheni Yi's SI JI (Four Seasons).


Write or Call:

Sharon Percy Rockefeller
2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206
tel 703.998.2600
fax 703.998.3401


Si Ji (Four Seasons)

1. The West Lake, the Beauty (Su Shi)

The brimming waves delight the eye on sunny days;
The dimming hills give a rare view in rainy haze,
The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best
Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed.

2. The Landscape in Contrast (Su Shi)

Like spilt ink dark clouds spread o’er the hills as a pall;
Like bouncing pearls the raindrops in the boat run riot.
A sudden rolling gale comes and dispels them all,
Below Lake View Pavilion sky-mirrored water’s quiet.

3. The True Face of Mount Lu (Su Shi)

A row of peaks from the front; a deep line from the side;
Near, far, high, low—a new shape wherever the mists part.
We cannot recognize the true face of Mount Lu.
Because we are always in it.

4. The Thunderstorm (Zeng Gong)

As clouds rack waves urge waves,
With severe wind a long roll of thunder.
In house curtains on four walls,
In bed looking into thousand mountains under a gust of rain.


American composer Chen-Yi.

Unwanted on anti-living classical music public station, WETA/WGMS-FM, in the Nation's Capital.

Photo credit: (c) Theodore Presser Company. 2005. All rights reserved.


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