Li Huanzhi (李煥之): Spring Festival Overture (春節序曲) – full score (NXP042)
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Instrumentation: 2+1. 2.2.2 - 188.8.131.52 - timp - perc (cymb., chinese small cymb., chinese large cymb, chinese small drum, chinese large drum) - str.
Li Huanzhi (李煥之) (1919–2000) is one of the best-known of China's composers,
The Spring Festival Overture (春節序曲) is a highly typical festival piece, making much use of percussion, simple rhythmic figures, and pentatonic folk-like melodies. It was composed in 1949 and draws on a type of drum and tabor folk-music for its inspiration.
Lively dance rhythms in the outer sections contrast with a more soulful slower middle section.