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Chen Yi

Born: 1953. Living in: China

Chen was born and raised in Guangzhou, China into a talented family. Her parents were doctors and musicians; her mother played the piano, and her father was a violinist. Her older sister was a child prodigy, and both she and their younger brother continue to work as professional musicians in China.

Chen began studying piano at the age of three, heavily influenced by the music of Western composers such as Bach and Mozart. However, once the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, Western attitudes were severely shunned and arts were opposed. For ten years, education came to a halt and people were relocated to work in large communes in countryside. Chen's father and older sister were sent away, but she managed to stay in her hometown a while longer and continued to practice music, although she was forced to stuff a blanket inside her piano in order to dampen the sound and play her violin with a mute. When she was 15 years old, the family house was searched, all possessions were taken, and the rest of her family was dispersed to different locations to perform compulsory labor in the countryside.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Chen Yi : Three Sets of Chinese Folk Songs : Sheet Music

Chen Yi : Three Sets of Chinese Folk Songs

Chinese Folk Songs is the result of collaboration between two of Theodore Presser Company's most prolific composers. It was commissioned and premiered by the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, March 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. Chen Yi sets the love song "The Flowing Stream" for women's chorus, and Steven Stucky sets the work song "The Sun Is Rising with Our Joy" for men's chorus. In the final section, both songs are interwoven and overlapped with full mixed chorus. For advanced choirs.

Songlist: A Set Of Chinese Folk Songs (Volume 3) , A Set Of Chinese Folk Songs (Volume 2) , A Set Of Chinese Folk Songs (Volume 1)

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2951b | Sheet Music | $9.75 | A Cappella


Chen Yi : Chinese Songs for Treble Voices : SSA : Sheet Music

Chen Yi : Chinese Songs for Treble Voices

As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer and recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chen Yi blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. This is a collection of her works for unaccompanied treble voices including Chinese Mountain Songs commission for Kitka by commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Songlist: Chinese Mountain Songs, Looking at the Sea, With Flowers Blooming, When Will the Scholartree Blossom?, A Ma Lei A Ho, Gathering in the Naked Oats, Mt' Wuzhi, Ga Da Mei Lin

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Voicing: SSA | 5699b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | A Cappella


Chen Yi : Choral Works : SATB : Sheet Music

Chen Yi : Choral Works

As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer and recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chen Yi blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. These are a collection of her works for unaccompanied mixed voices.

Songlist: Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart, Spring Rain, The Bronze Taotie, Shady Grove, The West Lake

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Voicing: SATB | 6051b | Sheet Music | $10.95 | A Cappella


Chen Yi : Folk Songs from the Orient : SATB : Sheet Music

Chen Yi : Folk Songs from the Orient

As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer and recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chen Yi blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries.

Songlist: Sakura, Sakura, Arirang, Xuan, Written on a Rainy Night (Tang poem), Landscape, Know You How Many Petals Falling?

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Voicing: SATB | 7231b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Chen Yi : Four Chinese Folk Songs : SATB : Sheet Music

Chen Yi : Four Chinese Folk Songs

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Singapore Youth Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Tham, who premiered the works in July 2004 for their 40th anniversary celebration. Chen's unique musical language brings ancient texts and melodies into the current day; the resulting blending is still indicative of both realms. For better concert choirs looking for a diverse yet challenging program.

Songlist: A Single Bamboo Can Easily Bend, A Horseherd's Mountain Song, The Flowing Stream, The Sun Is Rising With Our Joy, Two Chinese Folk Songs

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Voicing: SATB | 9434b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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A Horseherd's Mountain Song : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41833

Chen Yi : A Horseherd's Mountain Song

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Singapore Youth Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Tham, who premiered the works in July 2004 for their 40th anniversary celebration. Chen's unique musical lan guage brings ancient texts and melodies into the current day; the resulting blending is still indicative of both realms. For better concert choirs looking for a diverse yet challenging program.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41833


A Single Bamboo Can Easily Bend : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41832

Chen Yi : A Single Bamboo Can Easily Bend

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Singapore Youth Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Tham, who premiered the works in July 2004 for their 40th anniversary celebration. Chen's unique musical language brings ancient texts and melodies into the current day; the resulting blending is still indicative of both realms. For better concert choirs looking for a diverse yet challenging program.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41832


Arirang : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41747

Chen Yi : Arirang

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: Korea

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41747


Chinese Mountain Songs : SA : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41809

Chen Yi : Chinese Mountain Songs

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41809


Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41863

Chen Yi : Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart

Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association Endowment in memory of Raymond W. Brock. The text reflects greetings of love that have been popularly used among Chinese people to share their friendship, love, trust, and encouragement. The composer was deeply inspired and encouraged by the ACDA's vision towards the 21st century, in improving our education and communication for the new world through our music making and creation.

Arranger: Chen Yi

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41863


Know You How Many Petals Falling? : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41814

Chen Yi : Know You How Many Petals Falling?

A choral work commissioned by the 6th World Choral Symposium and dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives during the attacks of 9/11/01 in New York City.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41814


Landscape : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41830

Chen Yi : Landscape

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41830


Let's Reach A New Height : SATB : Chen Yi : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41868

Chen Yi : Let's Reach A New Height

Commissioned by Harold Rosenbaum and The New York Virtuoso Singers to celebrate their 25th anniversary season, Chen Yi has picked a traditional Chinese poem full of optimism and collaborative spirit to wish the choir many happy returns. The choral writing juxtaposes poetic lines in English with Chinese nonsense syllables. Dur.: 3'

Composer: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41868


Looking at the Sea : SSA : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41848

Chen Yi : Looking at the Sea

Chen Yi brings a 2nd century Chinese poem to life for women's chorus, adding to the composer's growing body of choral works based upon the ancient art of China. Piano reduction is included for rehears al. Duration: 3'.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41848


Sakura, Sakura : SATBB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41748

Chen Yi : Sakura, Sakura

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: Japan

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Voicing: SATBB | Sheet Music | $1.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41748


Spring Rain : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41858

Chen Yi : Spring Rain

Spring Rain was commissioned by the Singapore Anglo-Chinese Junior College Choir, directed by Valerie Wilson. The text, sung in Chinese, is from an ancient Chinese poem by Du Fu (712-770), titled "Happy Rain on a Spring Night."

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41858


The Bronze Taotie : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41853

Chen Yi : The Bronze Taotie

Chen Yi's From the Path of Beauty is a seven-movement song cycle for mixed choir. The publisher has made available this single movement in an alternate performance option of a cappella SATB chorus. According to the program notes, this cycle "brings us through the history of beauty in Chinese arts, from ancient totems to figurines, from poetry to calligraphy, from dance to music, from thoughts to the spirit. It is deep in expression and rich in color, lyrical yet dramatic." Commissioned by Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet for the celebration of their 30th and 25th anniversaries, the complete work was premiered on March 13, 2008 in San Francisco. The New York premiere followed on April 11, 2008 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.65 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41853


Two Chinese Folk Songs : SSAATTBB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41855

Chen Yi : Two Chinese Folk Songs

Two Chinese Folk Songs is the result of collaboration between two of Theodore Presser Company's most prolific composers. It was commissioned and premiered by the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, March 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. Chen Yi sets the love song "The Flowing Stream" for women's chorus, and Steven Stucky sets the work song "The Sun Is Rising with Our Joy" for men's chorus. In the final section, both songs are interwoven and overlapped with full mixed chorus. For advanced choirs. Dur.: 5'

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41855


With Flowers Blooming : SSA : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41860

Chen Yi : With Flowers Blooming

Sung in English and interspersed with Chinese nonsense syllables, With Flowers Blooming is a fascinating blend of folk-style melodies and rich exploratory textures for a cappella women's chorus. The 8th-century text celebrates happy leading to flowers blooming;.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41860


Written on a Rainy Night (Tang poem) : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41837

Chen Yi : Written on a Rainy Night (Tang poem)

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41837


Xuan : SATB : Chen Yi : Sheet Music : 312-41808

Chen Yi : Xuan

Premiered by the Ithaca College Chorus on Novemeber 10, 2001, directed by Professor Lawrence Doebler.

Arranger: Chen Yi | Country: China

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41808

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