Mao Yuan, Liu Tieshan: Dance Of The Yao Tribe 茅沅, 劉鐵山: 瑶族舞曲 – full score (NXP043)
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Instrumentation: 2+1. 2.2.2 - 188.8.131.52 - timp - perc (glock., xyl., small cymb., small chinese gong, tam-t, chinese drums) - str.
Mao Yuan (茅沅), Liu Tieshan (劉鐵山)
Dance of the Yao Tribe (瑶族舞曲) vividly depicts the sight of song and dance in the festive celebration of the Yao people, a minority populating Yunnan and Guangxi in China.
The night has fallen. Dressed up, the people gather in the moonlight beating long drums. The quiet mild theme on the strings sounds like a fair girl dancing gracefully.
With other girls joining in the dance one after another, the mood of the music gradually becomes excited. Suddenly, the bassoon and the oboe play a forceful and enthusiastic melody derived from the theme, just a group of young men, unable to restrain their emotions, rush into the crowd of dancing girls and begin to express their excitement with dance.
In the second part, in triple-time, the melody is sometimes cantabile and sometimes in a bouncy rhythm, just like a young couple in love expressing their affection to each other and looking forward to their happy future.
The third part is the recapitulation of the beginning. The people again join in the dance one after another, bouncing, spinning and singing. The atmosphere becomes more and more ardent, while the people's enthusiasm becomes more and more unrestrained. Finally the ardent tutti drives the music to its culminant ending.