Elements: New Music for Pipa by American Composers

Yang Jing (pipa), Rachel Schutz (soprano), Lai Yi-Chieh (guzheng), Anna Womack (viola)

Catalog #: TROY1455
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Format: Digital

In a seemingly unlikely marriage of ideas, this recording presents new works by four American composers for a fabled instrument of China, the pipa. Building on the instrument's long history, these composers present a new vision of how an ancient instrument from another culture can provide inspiration to an even broader audience. The composers on this recording, Donald Reid Womack, Jeff Myers, Thomas Osborne, and Takeo Kudo, blend idiomatic performing techniques with inventive textures and widely divergent harmonic contexts. They build on the instrument's traditional repertoire by extending the range of cultural influences and reinventing the music that can be played on pipa. The performances are by the renowned pipa virtuoso Yang Jing, whose distinct mix of virtuosity and lyricism, tradition and innovation brings these new works to life.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Elements Donald Reid Womack Yang Jing, pipa
Turtle and Rat Jeff Myers Yang Jing, pipa
Rumi Songs Thomas Osborne Yang Jing, pipa, Rachel Schutz, soprano
White Crane Takeo Kudo Yang Jing, pipa
An Enveloping Rain Donald Reid Womack Yang Jing, pipa, Lai Yi-Chieh, guzheng, Anna Womack, viola

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