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Ruan

Feng Huang Hua Kai (Phoenix Flowers in Full Bloom)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

The phoenix flower is loved by the tribesmen of Tai in China and it blooms during the period of the Water Festival. This piece is based on the blooming of the phoenix flower and describes the joyous Water Festival of the Tai tribe.

 

Huo Ba Jie Zhi Ye (The Night of the Torch Festival)

Composed by Wu Jun Sheng

"The  Torch Light Festival Night"  depicts the night scenes of the Torch Festival, a traditional festival of the Yi people, a minority group in China, which is an annual event. During the festival, the people beat torches, sing and dance to their heart's content.  Young people in pairs express their love for each other and the mountain village becomes a sea of torches and joy.

 

Jiu Kuang (The Drunkard)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

Leaning against a tree a man falls asleep after he is drunk, all the guests are gone when he wakes up at midnight He can only enjoy the withered flower in the light of a red candle.

 

Man Jiang Hong (Red Fills the River)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

This composition is based on the ancient tune of "Man Jiang Hong". Using the traditional technique of realistic expression, which portrays the great hero Yue Fei, this piece whips up the sentiments of the people to answer the call of the country. The music is bold and unconstrained, yet pure and simple. A moving and tragic melody at the same time.

 

Pai Gu Xiang Long (Flying Dragons and Drum Beats)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang / Ning Yong

Based on the ancient music from the old ancient capital Chang-an, "Flying Dragons and Drum Beats", emphatically describes the scene of the flying music angels who while beating the drums, dance with the flying dragons.

Shi Lin Ye Qu (The Serenade of Shilin)

The Serenade of Shilin describes the night scenes of Shilin, a famous sightseeing place in China. It starts with a slow tempo, describing the quietness of the night before progressing to the happy festive mood of Shilin at night.

Shui Lian (Water Lily)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

This beautiful melody describes the purity and the nobleness of the water lily in the full moonlight.

Si Lu Tuo Ling (Camel Bells along Silk Road)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

"Camel Bells along Silk Road" is composed with the folk songs of Xinjiang (North-west China) as the material.  The music describes the ancient camel caravans traveling along Silk Road.  The camel bells are heard ringing, as they draw nearer.  When they break for rest, the travelers dance happily to drive off any gloom or tiredness that they might experience.  Then, revitalized, they continue with their journey and finally disappear in the distance.

Song Feng Han (Pine Trees in the Cold Wind)

Composed by Lin Ji Liang

Tang poet Liu Chang Qing, in his famous poem, "Pine Trees in the Cold Wind", expressed his introspective regret for the scarcity of friends who could understand him. This piece, based on the old tune of Chang-an, which is the present Xi-an, and by introducing the performing techniques of the Chinese zither, describes the pinewood in the cold wind under the moonlight and also expresses the poet's sense of desolation.

Yun Nan Hui Yi (Reminiscences of Yun Nan)

Composed by Liu Xing

"Reminiscences of Yun Nan" is a modern Ruan piece composed in the 1980s.  The composer was inspired by his friend from Yun Nan (a province in South China), who often talked to him about her childhood in Yun Nan.  Using new techniques borrowed from other string instruments, this piece brings Ruan-playing to a new frontier. 

 


Ensemble  

Auf Flugeln des Gesanges

 Composed by Mendelssohn

This famous piece by Mendelssohn is part of the 6 piece lead songs of composition number. It has been adapted for the Zhong Ruan and the piano.  A melodious piece that is easy on the ear.

 

Himawari (Sunflower)

Composed by Wang Yu Cheng

Based on the He Nan folk song, this light hearted piece written in 4 parts, has been rearranged for the Zhong Ruan and the Piano ensemble from the original work "All Employees are Sunflowers". 

 

Kawa no Nagare no Youni (Like the River Flow)

Composed by Akimoto Kou

The hit song by Bisora Hibari. The song was inspired by the East River in New York..

 

Kojyo No Tsuki (The Moon Over the Lonely Castle)

Composed by Taki Renichiro     Poem by Doi Bansui

This piece was originally composed for a junior high school in 1901. Standing in the ruins of the Sendai's Aoba Castle, the composer looks back into  the glorious past and  reflects that life too, like the castle has its ups and downs. 

 

Nanatsu no Ko (The 7th Child )

This song was orginally from the children's song "Why does the crow cry" by Noguchi and Honi.

 

Yu Hou Ting Yuan  (The Garden after the Rain)

Composer Su Wen Cheng, Cheng Tsui Pin

This piece was set in the summer of 1998 in San Francisco. The 2 composers were enjoying the summer  with their son and their dog, Blackie, when thunderstorm struck. The beauty of the raindrops on the grass and the flower petals and also the rainbow after the storm was the inspiration of this melodious piece. Originally written for Liuqin and Piano, this piece is rearranged for Zhong Ruan and Piano.

 

Tsubame Ni Naritai (I Wish to be a Sparrow)

Composer unknown

Originally an ensemble piece for Erhu and Piano, the piece is readapted for  Zhong Ruan and Piano.

 

Zhong Ruan Rock

Composed by Sun Shi Li

The composer was inspired by a television commercial on shavers to write this piece of rock music on Zhong Ruan for a versatile Zhong Ruan player, Xu Zhi Cheng, in his orchestra. The slow lonely movement and the rapid fast rock movement of "Zhong Ruan Rock" which is also known as the "Man's Blade",  describes this friend of his, a cool person on the exterior but warm at heart.

 

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