Dragon Blue

(2012)

by Derek Bermel

Description
chamber ensemble of 7 players (Western and Chinese instruments)
Duration
12
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
cl - pno - vln.vlc - pipa - erhu - zheng
Commission
Commissioned with funds from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Friends of Copland House
First Performance
28.3.2012, Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Hall, New York, NY, USA: Music from Copland House/Music from China
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Programme Notes
Several years ago, I performed my clarinet concerto at the Beijing New Music Festival, and was struck by how the orchestral musicians found their way into bluesy inflections through invoking the emotional terrain of Peking Opera. I get inspired by such unexpected intersections  Chinese traditional music and the blues. Most notably, both utilize the pentatonic scale melodically and both employ slides (glissandi) to build and release tension. I sketched some clarinet licks that might just as easily be played by an erhu, invoking the Slow Drag, which, like other early blues dances (the Mooche, Squat, Funky Butt, Snake Hips, Gut Stomp, Mule Walk, and Fish Tail), originated in the American South. Three days before the 2012 Chinese New Year, the singer Etta James passed away, and "Dragon Blue" was born in her wake.

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