This program features a concert of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Dun Huang Music Ensemble of San Francisco, an group which specializes in the performance of traditional Chinese instruments. This took place on April 88, 1995, as part of the preparation leading up to the SSO's Summer 1995 tour to the Far East.
To open on the day following Mother's Day, the music of the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen here is written in praise of a specific mother.
Themes of the month:
Clocks, bells or mechanical contraptions: Oops -- nothing today.
National songs: Burlesque Variations on "Yankee Doodle".
Hildegard von Bingen: Ave Maria, O auctrix vite (CD: Canticles (Sequentia) of Ecstasy) Spiritual Songs of Hildegard (Mimi Dye, viola) Ralph Vaughan Williams: The lark ascending (CD: Ralph Vaughan (Hugh Bean, violin; Philharmonia Williams: The Lark Orchestra; Sir Adrian Boult) Ascending, etc.) Le P'ing (CD: Sonos (Sonos Handbell Ensemble; James Handbell Ensemble) Meredith)
Gang Situ: Double Concerto for Violin and Piano Largo Allegro (Pamina Kim, violin; Wang Hong, erhu; Stanford Symphony Orchestra; J. Karla Lemon) Zhou Long: Peking Drum (Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Stanford Symphony Orchestra; J. Karla Lemon) Max Bruch: Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26 Vorspiel: Allegro moderato Adagio Finale: Allegro energico (Bruce Yu, violin; Stanford Symphony Orchestra; J. Karla Lemon) Lu Wen-Cheng: Rain Drop on the Banana Leaves (Cantonese Music Ensemble) Lou Shu-Hua: Song of the Returning Fishermen (c. 1930) (Liu Wei-Shan, Gu-Zheng) Shi Le-Men: The River (c. 1950); arranged 1976 by Liu Wei-Shan (Liu Wei-Shan, Gu-Zheng) Xian Xin-Hai: Boatman Song of the Yellow River (c. 1940) (Zhao Yang-Qin, Yangqin solo) Zhou De-Ming: Joyful Xinjiang people (c. 1970) (Zhao Yang-Qin, Yangqin solo) Three Variations on Plum Blossom (265-420 AD) (arr. c. 1980, Xiao Jiang) (Quartet) Hu Den-Tiao: Joyful Evening (1979) (Quintet)
In a continuing series of national songs, here's a Frenchman's reaction to a popular American song of the 19th century.
Henri Vieuxtemps: Souvenir d'Amerique: Burlesque (CD: Violin and Organ: Variations on "Yankee Doodle" The Murray/Lohuis Duo) (Robert Murray, violin; Ardyth Lohuis, organ)
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