Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture 李煥之: 春節序曲 – full score (NXP042)
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Instrumentation: 2+1. 2.2.2 - 126.96.36.199 - 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.