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Chen Yi's Song Set As in a Dream: The Merging of Chinese and Western Musical Idioms

Abstract In an interview with the author, composer Chen Yi shared thoughts regarding her inspiration to compose the piece As in a Dream. She composed the first version in 1988 for soprano, violin, and cello. Left unpublished, this work was re-done in 1994 with the Chinese instruments zheng and pipa in place of the violin and cello. As in a Dream is a setting of two linked poems of six lines each by Qingzhao Li, one of the earliest female poets in China. Chen Yi kept the voice part the same in the two versions, but adapted the accompaniment to suit the Chinese instruments.

This study of As in a Dream focuses on the 1994 version, and especially on the first song, with a view to introducing the singer to its Chinese elements. To help performers to und... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Ip, Hoi Lam (Author) / Britton, David (Advisor) / Holbrook, Amy (Committee member) / Ryan, Russell (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / As in a Dream / Beijing Opera Style / Chen Yi / Chinese Western / Fusion Vocal Technique / Qingzhao Li
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 85 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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