Centenary compositions

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2021-04-20 07:56
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Conductor Yu Feng and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra perform classic pieces and also introduce new works by Chinese composers at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Thursday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Musicians celebrate Party's founding with inspiring pieces, Chen Nan reports.

Chinese composer Yang Fan has a hectic, and rewarding, schedule. In 2019, he won two major prizes under the prestigious Wenhua Award. This is a top national award for the performing arts. He won for his compositions of two dance dramas: The Railway to Tibet and The Eternal Wave, during the 12th China Art Festival in Shanghai. Since then, the 37-year-old composer has received a number of invitations to compose for various music projects.

One of the commissions Yang received was to compose a piece for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

"It's a very big subject and very challenging for a young composer like me. It's also a great honor," says Yang, who was born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and learned to play the piano at a very young age.

"Unlike words, music is abstract. With different musical instruments, a piece of music can express emotions and leave a space for the listeners to imagine," says Yang. "For the special occasion of celebrating the 100th birthday of the CPC, I think of the country's great achievement as well as people who made contributions to it."

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