1. Chime Orchestra – Sound of the Peace
A piece of ancient music
Renowned as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of the Zeng State (also known as Chinese Chime bells) represent the wisdom of human civilization. Sound of Peace demonstrates the colorful arts and culture in the ancient Chinese royal palace and the life of ancient Chinese people who were busy working in the fields, reflecting social life in the most glorious and peaceful dynasty of China.
2. Folk Orchestra – Dance of the Yao
Music: Liu Tieshan, Mao Yuan
Chief Gaohu: Hu Jian (State First Class Artist)
Based on the folk dance “Long Drum Singing and Dancing”, the musicians vividly demonstrate the singing and dancing scenes of the Yao people. This beautiful melody reflects their versatile daily life.
3. Female Vocal Solo
1) The Waves on the Lake Honghu
2) No Tears No Sorrow
Singing Artist: Ma Yaqin (State First Class Artist)
This piece of music is adapted from the opera “The Red Guards on Lake Honghu”. Honghu is known as a ‘land of milk and honey’ in China. Hard-working and courageous Honghu people have lived and worked for generations on this abundant land. When the invaders trampled their land, Honghu people carried out indomitable defence. The song reflects their heroic spirits.
4. Bamboo Flute Solo – The Narrative of Broken Bridge
Flute Artist: Zhang Hongyang (State First Class Artist)
As one of the most famous works in the history of Chinese drama, “Madame White Snake” has been interpreted by various genres of Chinese opera. “The Narrative of Broken Bridge” played by bamboo flute is adapted from the Yue opera version of “Madame White Snake”, which is regarded as one of the most successful versions. The narrative melody reproduces the scenes of how Xu Xian and Madame White Snake met and fell in love with each other along the West Lake of Hangzhou.
5. Chime Orchestra – Chu Folk Song
Music: Tian Shichang
The melody of this song is simple and elegant, with a typical Chu style. This song is also one of the pieces from Harmony of Eight Tones which was composed by musicians from Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre based on historical documents.
6. Folk Orchestra – Silk Road
Music: Jiang Ying
This song fully demonstrates the characteristics of Chinese folk musical instruments combined with elements of Flamenco, Tango and Tap, enabling the song to be extraordinarily vibrant while profoundly reflecting the rich music culture of “Silk Road”.
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7. Music of Getian Tribe – God Bird
Music: Gao Hongxiang & Li Fubin
“God Bird” is the first chapter of the Getian music series. It is a totem that people worshiped in ancient times. The melody of this piece of music is led by musical instruments originating from pre-Qin period, among them the sounds of bianzhong, xun, chi, gan, stringed instruments, bell and chime stones stand out.
8. Male Vocal Solo
1) Love to the Three Gorges
2) I’m Like a Snow Flake Falling from the Sky
Singing Artist: Qin Desong (State First-Class Artist)
Love to the Three Gorges expresses the strong love the author has for his hometown.
I’m like a Snow Flake Falling from the Sky expresses the author’s euphoric feeling about pure love through anthropomorphic method. The author incarnates himself as snowflakes and autumn leaves.
9. Ancient Chime Music – Harmony of Eight Tones
This piece of music reflects the harmony of the eight tones including gold, stone, silk, bamboo, guord, earth, leather and wood in ancient times, which reflects the music feature of the most prosperous Chu period.
1) A Bianzhong Piece – The Night Mooring
2) A Bianqin Piece – Flowing Water
3) A Se Piece – Fish Pond Under the Silver Moon
10. Chime Orchestra – Impression of Chu
Music: Tang Jianping
Invited by Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra, the famous Chinese composer Tang Jianping composed this full length chime music in 2010. The music is composed of six parts: “Ancient Echo”, “Shen Nong”, “Terra Cotta”, “Silk”, “Fire” and “Bronze”, demonstrating the advanced techniques and constant striving spirit of Chu people, and their exquisite arts culture including silks, terra cotta and bronze artifacts.
11. Folk Orchestra – My Homeland
Music: Liu Wenjin
This song was re-written by Mr Liu Wenjin who is known as one of the most influential composers in China. The tones of the song are magnificently broad, smooth and passionate. It expresses the sincere love of the Chinese People to their homeland.
(Program may change without a prior notice)