Some Briefing Notes on Professor Yang’s Music Compositions

I. The Yangtze River Concerto 1976-2007

This is a concerto in two movements with a transition in between. The first Movement is in sonata form with a prelude. The second movement is a rondo.

The music portraits the many faces of the Yangtze Rivers, its tributaries and people in Sichuan and employs a lot of musical ideas extracted from the Sichuan traditional opera.

Bashu student Concerto (巴蜀學生協奏曲)

This is a concerto in two movements. The first Movement in in sonata form. It is a joyful dance with materials derived from local folk songs in Chungqing.

The first movement: sun comes out

The second movement: Bashan

The second movement is slow and sad, inspired by a Sichuan folk song some forty years ago,on the hardship of the people. It is in sonata form of AA’BA.

Third movement: Rondo Xiushan Lantern

The third movement is a rondo, with the format of ABACABA. The tunes, joyful and melodic, are derived from folk music in the Sichuan areas.


II. Solo

Violin solo rearrangement on (漁舟唱晚 yu zhou chang wan) 2010

This is a very popular melody painting a joyful picture a

"Mongolian Dance (馬頭琴之歌與盅碗舞 ma tou qin zhi ge yu zhong wan wu)" 1978

This is a violin duet based on western folk praising the beauty of a young lady.

Thinking of the Snowy Mountain (雪山的懷念 xue shan de huai nian) 1977-1986

A folk melody of Xizang 西藏 played with staccato, painting a picture of one standing on top of a snowy mountain, thinking of one’s deceased beloved.

Paraphrasing on a theme of a blind artist (二泉映月 er quan ying yue) 1994

He melody is typical Wuxi (無錫) local operatic melody, portraiting the life of a blind artist in Wuxi.

Re-arrangement of a tradition melody (古曲新编之[關山月 guan shan yue]) 1978

The original music is for guqin (古琴). Professor Yang made a re-arrangement for violin and harp. There is also an alternative version, using harp in place of harp.

"Two rearrangements on traditional melodies (古曲新编之白石道人bai shi dao ren曲調二首)1978-1987

Professor Yang borrowed these two melodies by a poet and musician of the Song Dynasty to address emotional issues resulting from injustice.

Rearrangements of 5 songs by Wang luobin 王洛賓 (西部民歌 xi bu min ge 五首) 1993

Wang Luobin was a great collector, arranger and promoter of folk songs of Western China. In memory of his contribution to folk music, Professor Yang made rearrangements on 5 of his songs, namely:

  • 半個月亮爬上來 ban ge yue liang pa shang lai;
  • 送我一枝玫瑰花 song wo yi zhi mei gui hua;
  • 在那遥遠的地方 zai na yao yuan de di fang (Wang luobin’s own composition);
  • 馬車夫之戀 ma chef u zhi lian (also known as "the city of Osaka girl");
  • 瑪依拉 ma yi la
Variations on a flute melody (喜相逢 xi xiang feng) 1956

The original theme was by a flutist Feng Siquan Feng-Zicun, a joyful melody celebrating a happy meeting. Professor Yang wrote variations on the melody for the violin.

Rearrangement on a traditional melody (十面埋伏 shi mian mai fu) 1978-2002

The original work is a famous tradition piece of music for pipa 琵琶. Professor Yang initially wrote the rearrangements for violin and percussion ensembles in 1997. In 2002, he transcribed it for violin and piano and had its premier performance in Hong Kong. The music is in 5 movements.

Fantasy for Violin (藍月亮 lan yue liang) 2007

contemporary composer. It is a work in three parts written for violin.

Variations on a Theme of Romance in Kangding (康定情歌 kang ding qing ge) 2006

Romance in Kangding (康定情歌 kang ding qing ge) is a very popular song in the forties of the last Century. Professor Yang, in 2004, wrote 5 variations on the theme of this song for violin and piano. An orchestral version was later added.

Rearrangement of an traditional theme (古琴曲 [洒狂 jiu kuang] ) 1985

The original music was believed to be composed in the 3rd Century depicting a desperate scholar divulged in drinking to seek escape from a dissatisfied and disappointed world. The variations are written for solo violin without accompaniment.

《西皮散板與賦格──工上尺》(無伴奏) 1987-1997

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Variations on a Mongolian theme (一個老人的傳奇 yi ge lao ren de chuan qi)

The material was based on a Mongolian string music [乾杯]. Professor Yang wrote a 3 parts variation. The middle section is a dance with a new theme and its variations.


Children's violin teaching music

Guangdong songs "Moonlight" Variations

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Yellow Land

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"Meng Jiang" Variations on a Theme

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Yunnan Dances (亞細跳月 Axi-Tiaoyue)

An original composition by Professor Yang in the style of dance music of an aboriginal tribe of Yunnan.

An Operatic Theme for solo violin (夜深沉 ye shen chen)

A composition for solo violin in the style of jinghu 京胡, a Beijing opera accompanying string instrument.

On the ‘Stone forest’(石林探勝shi lin tan sheng}

Stone forest is a famous scenic spot in Yunnan. Inspire, Professor Yang wrote this piece for violin, dealing at the same time some special features of the local music.

On Yunnan (雲南風情 yun nan feng qing )

A violin composition inspired by the life and customs of Yunnan.

By the side of the Migong River (湄公河畔風光好 mei gong he pan feng guang hao)

This violin piece is in the style of music in Yunnan and its border with south-east Asian regions.

Humoresque on ‘Counting frogs’(數青蛙 shu qing wa)

Inspired by a local folk song 數青蛙 in Sichuan 四川, Professor Yang wrote this joyful and humoresque music for violin.

Variations on High Flying Goose (遠飛的大雁 yuan fei de da yan)

The theme of this violin piece is based on a folk song of Xizang 西藏, depicting the singer’s wish to have the high flying goose to transmit his message to his beloved far away. Professor wrote a few variation of the theme.

Remembering My Beloved Teacher (師恩難忘 shi en nan wang)

The melody of this violin piece is originally known as 花六板.


The Violin Solo Pieces and Chamber Music

Chang chu yi ge chun tian lai (唱出一個春天來)

This is the same name in Western folk tunes, the lyrics to the effect that; "young friends to quickly forget about your troubles and unhappiness, ---- a spring to sing!" Twice, first portion octave unison, when making repeated octave Canon (round played).

Yi pian e mao ji shen qing (一片鵝毛寄深情)

This is a violin duet based on a Tartan folk song, in the north-western part of China.

A-la-mu-han (阿拉木汗)

This is a violin duet based on western folk praising the beauty of a young lady.

Xue shan jiao xia (雪山腳下)

This is a violin duet, dancing and joyful, based on a dancing tone of Xizang ( 西藏).

Su wu mu yang (蘇武牧羊)

This is a violin duet featuring the legendary Suwu (蘇武) in the Han Dynasty.


Violin for four voices

Torch Dances (火把舞 huo ba wu)

A piece of dance music depicting the traditional festival of an aboriginal tribe of Yi (彝族) after their summer harvest.

Thinking of You (思念 si nian)

The theme is based on a Mongolian folk song ‘Thinking of My Little Darling’(思念我的小情人 si nian wo de xiao qing ren)