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Yellow River Piano Concert with Yin Chengzong
Yellow River Piano Concert with Yin Chengzong
Xi'an Concert Hall - Xi'an
New Qujiang District, Middle Yanta Nan Lu -西安市曲江新区
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The Yellow River Piano Concerto is a piano concerto arranged by a collaboration between musicians including Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua, and based on the Yellow River Cantata by composer Xian Xinghai. Since its politicised premiere in 1969 during the Cultural Revolution, the Concerto has become popular in China and amongst overseas Chinese communities. It is noted for a difficult solo part.

Xian Xinghai wrote the Yellow River Cantata at Yan'an in 1939, allegedly in a cave in just six days, during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). It is an eight-movement piece in which he used traditional folk-melodies and evoked the image of the Yellow River as a symbol of Chinese defiance against the Japanese invaders. During his stay in Russia, he edited and re-orchestrated the work, which was later modified by Li Huanzhi, Qu Wei, Yan Liangkun. This edition aimed at furthering the energy and momentum of the music, and in this light, the rearrangement of the Yellow River Piano Concerto thirty years later is merely a continuation of that same practice. Today you can enjoy their performances in the Xi'an Concert Hall. Don't miss it!

Yin Chengzong

Yin Chengzong (Chinese: 殷承宗; pinyin: Yīn Chéngzōng) (born 1941 in Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, Fujian) is a Chinese pianist and composer.

Born on the "Piano Island" of Gulangyu Island in Xiamen, Fujian, in the People's Republic of China. Although trained as a classical pianist, he is perhaps best known to the West through the Yellow River Piano Concerto he arranged based on the Yellow River Cantata and performed in many Western theaters since the 1980s.

Yin started learning the piano in 1948 when he was seven years old, and gave his first recital at the age of nine. At twelve, he joined the preparatory school of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1959, Yin won an award at the World Youth Peace and Friendship Festival in Vienna, Austria, and in 1960, he was sent to the Leningrad Conservatory to study. In 1962, he was the second-prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Vladimir Ashkenazy took the first-prize). In 1965, Yin joined the Central Symphony Orchestra of China as a soloist.

During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), when all Western arts and forms were forbidden, Yin ingeniously found an application of his talent: he created the piano-accompanied version of The Legend of the Red Lantern, one of the Eight model plays, the only plays, operas and ballets which were permitted during the period. For more info click here.

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Xi'an Concert Hall
Xi'an Concert Hall   -   Website
New Qujiang District, Middle Yanta Nan Lu -西安市曲江新区

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