JIA DAQUN (b.1955): Flavour of Bashu for 2 Violins, Piano and Percussion, Counterpoint of Times for 2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, Horn and Bassoon, String Quartet, The Prospect of Coloured Desert for Violin, Cello, Sheng, Pipa and Percussion.
Catalogue Number: 12S066
Description: The two most recent works here - Colored Desert and Bashu - owe their distinctive soundworld to Chinese music, through the emulation or actual use of traditional instruments or playing techniques. Flavour of Bashu is heavily influenced by Sichuan Opera, with indeterminate pitches, non-diatonic scales and the distinctive use of percussion. Both this work and The Prospect of Coloured Desert contain vigorous motoric scherzo-like passages, incorporating western rhythmic insistence into the metrical instability that characterises the traditional idiom. Both the Quartet and the chamber concerto owe more to the idioms of the established avant garde, even though the former, its pitch material extracted in short motifs from traditional Chinese melodies, contains by far the greatest amount of pentatonic melody of any of these pieces. Counterpoint of Times is based on mathematical sequences in a complex texture of independent lines. Ensemble Les Amis Shanghai, Han Quartet.