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Fung: Piano Concerto “Dreamscapes”
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Andrew Cyr
Recording Date: Wed 7 Sep 2011
Excerpt - Piano Concerto (1:57) N/A
Fung: Glimpses for Prepared Piano
Composer: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Wed 2 Nov 2011
I - Kotekan (3:25) N/A
Fung: Violin Concerto
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Andrew Cyr
Recording Date: Wed 7 Sep 2011
Excerpt - Violin Concerto (1:30) N/A
Fung: Birdsong
Composer: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Fri 22 Jun 2012
Birdsong for violin and piano (2012), commissioned by the Delaware Chamber Music Festival through funding from the DeRosa Family Fund, is written in memoriam Julian Rodescu. The work, written for Kristin Lee, violinist, and Conor Hanick, pianist, showcases the virtuosity of both piano and violin, with quick runs, intense rhythmic passages, and exploration of improvisational moments. The title refers to the birdcalls of the opening and closing, as well as the general rhapsodic nature of the violin in this piece. Premiere Date: June 22, 2012 at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival Duration: Approximately 10 minutes
Birdsong (10:31) N/A
Fung: Glimpses for Prepared Piano N/A
Composer: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Fri 4 Nov 2011
I - Kotekan (3:25) N/A
II - Snow (2:32) N/A
III - Chant (4:41) N/A
Fung: Dust Devils for full Orchestra
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
Recording Date: Sat 30 Jul 2011
Dust Devils for full orchestra (9:56) N/A
Fung: Concertino Notturno for Flute, Harpsichord, and Strings
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Barbara Day Turner
Recording Date: Sun 10 Jun 2001
Writing a work for harpsichord, flute, and strings posed an exciting challenge for me, as the instrumentation initially evoked in my mind the music of the Baroque era, most notably Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto. To avoid making the work sound too “Baroque”, I came up with a harmonic language that became my own, and, thus, I could write a work that suggested a favorite subject of mine, the sounds and atmosphere of the night.
Concertino Notturno for Flute, Harpsichord, and Strings (12:15) N/A
Fung: Pizzicato for String Orchestra
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Barbara Day Turner
Recording Date: Sun 9 Dec 2001
Pizzicato is a short work for string orchestra, the duration of which the players never use their bows. The central sound produced is that of plucked strings as well a few surprises in the middle and towards the end of the work. Inspired by listening to Asian folk music, the piece is influenced partly by the music of the Chinese plucked instruments pipa and qin as well as by the energetic rhythms of Indonesian gamelan. The string quartet version of Pizzicato has been recorded by the Ying Quartet on the Telarc label and is also available as a download on iTunes and Amazon.com.
I - Pizzicato for String Orchestra (1:05) N/A
Fung: String Sinfonietta
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Barbara Day Turner
Recording Date: Sun 18 May 2008
II - String Sinfonietta (4:26) N/A
Fung: Blaze
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: George Cleve
Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
Recording Date: Mon 4 May 1998
"Blaze" was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts. It is a one movement work that became an expression of my temperament reflecting the qualities of youth - energy, drive, passion, tenderness and the like. Viewed in retrospect, it is a musical 'coming of age' - youth growing into maturity - and thus the title. It is in three distinct sections. The first section is full of determined energy, emotionally charged, with a steady pulse and vivid orchestration. The second section, in contrast, has a feeling of weightlessness. The last section brings back materials from the previous sections but in disguise. Boisterous, driving rhythms are the crux of this section, using continuous eighth-notes to propel the piece to a triumphant close.
Blaze for full orchestra (12:50) N/A
Fung: Butterfly Variations
Composer: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Wed 5 Oct 2005
The culture of Southeast Asia looms large in my artistic and even my everyday world. My grandparents, for political and economic reasons, settled in Saigon, where my parents spent a good deal of their childhood before moving to Hong Kong and later to Canada, where I was born. The musical language of Indonesian gamelan music has also influenced me in the past five years or so. Works such as my Pizzicato, Kecak! for a cappella mixed choir, and String Quartet No. 1 make prominent use of Balinese style interlocking rhythms and gestures. In Bali on a fellowship from the Center for Intercultural Performance at UCLA, I spearheaded a shadow puppet project involving three musicians (including myself), a dancer, and an actress. We titled our work “I Dream of a Butterfly,” the butterfly being a metaphor for all of us as we floated through life in Bali. The central musical theme of that work was a Javanese lullaby that was sung to us by our program coordinator. The lullaby tells the story of a child who is trying to catch a butterfly but cannot because the butterfly is constantly fluttering. The moral of the story is that one cannot have everything in this world that one desires. The same musical theme also forms the basis for Butterfly Variations. This work is a theme and variations, but the full theme is not stated until the very end of the work. There are six variations, each played without pause.
Butterfly Variations (19:54) N/A
Fung: Violin Concerto
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Andrew Cyr
Recording Date: Fri 16 Sep 2011
I - Violin Concerto (19:51) N/A
Fung: String Quartet no 1 N/A
Composer: Vivian Fung
Artist: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Sat 24 Jan 2004
A residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2001 provided the foundation for my String Quartet. The coordinators of the residency asked the participants to compose a short work for string quartet, no longer than five minutes, which was later read by the American String Quartet. At the time, I had been listening to and absorbing influences from the folk music of certain parts of Asia, including China and Indonesia. I began to think of ways to incorporate the exotic atmosphere created by that music into my own music, and the result what was to become the third movement of my Quartet, “Pizzicato.” Inspired by the success of the American String Quartet’s reading, I composed the first, second, and fourth movements over the next two years. Those three movements also have elements of Asian folk influence, and, in many instances, use the same scale patterns found in “Pizzicato.”
I - Animato (4:21) N/A
II - Interludium (5:10) N/A
III - Pizzicato (4:22) N/A
IV - Moto Perpetuo - Presto Possible (4:41) N/A
Fung: Six Haiku for Baritone and Piano N/A
Composer: Vivian Fung
Recording Date: Tue 26 Apr 2011
I - Sparrow (0:59) N/A
II - Butterfly (1:49) N/A
III - Cicadas (1:18) N/A
IV - Moon (1:16) N/A
V - Frog (0:44) N/A
VI - Peonies (1:47) N/A
Fung: Recommendation
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: In-gi Min
Recording Date: Tue 14 Jun 2011
Recommendation (4:38) N/A
Fung: Yunnan Folk Songs N/A
1. Wushan Mountain Song (2:09) N/A
2. Overture based on Courtship Song (2:11) N/A
3. Pig Herding Song (3:44) N/A
4. Love Song While Planting the Rice Fields (3:17) N/A
5. Rice Pounding Song (1:27) N/A
6. Wedding Lament (3:21) N/A
7. Youth Dance Song (3:04) N/A
Fung: String Quartet no 2
Composer: Vivian Fung
Ensemble: Shanghai Quartet
Recording Date: Tue 27 Oct 2009
String Quartet No. 2 - Excerpt (2:55) N/A
Fung: The Shaman Speaks
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: Dr. Jesse Krebs
Recording Date: Thu 29 Oct 2009
I - The Shaman Speaks for Clarinet Choir (4:31) N/A
Fung: Sanci Kuni
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: In-gi Min
Recording Date: Tue 25 May 2010
Sanci Kuni (3:14) N/A
Fung: Kecak Attack!
Composer: Vivian Fung
Conductor: In-gi Min
Recording Date: Tue 25 May 2010
Kecak Attack! (3:36) N/A
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