Zheng Long XIANG was born in 1937 in China. He was
clarinet professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music,
China, for 50 years and has collaborated with various
composers in a series of compositions for the clarinet
that are strongly enriched by the ethnic music
characteristics of various nationalities of China.
There are four movements in this collection:
The music depicts the joyous atmosphere when the Sani
people of Shilin in Yunnan Province, China, celebrate
the GuiShan Festival.
Along the RuiLi River Shore: The Dai people, on the
way home after a day of work, sing a beautiful folk song
and join in a joyous dance.
Music Heard through the Mist of Dawn: The music
portrays dawn, surrounded by the morning mist, and an
old man sitting under a tree playing the 'Za Bie'.
LiSu Dance: The music depicts the mesmerizing
atmosphere of a small group that has started the dance.
The music leads to more and more people joining in to
participate in this joyous gathering.
The music is tonal with moderately difficult technical
demands. Duration: approximately 19 minutes (Mvt 1: 7:00;
Mvt. 2 6:30; Mvt. 3 3:00; Mvt. 4 2:30)