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GE, GAN-RU (b. 1954)

Piano Works


  • Yiming Zhang, piano

Ge Gan-ru has always sought to bind the sounds and character of his native Chinese music to Western techniques, and his solo piano music provides some of the best examples. Based on folk songs – either transcribed or presented in fragments—Twelve Preludes for Piano is a major early work heard here in its revised version. In Ancient Music he employs the prepared piano to evoke the intimate sounds of Chinese instruments such as the qin (a horizontal lute) to create a unique acoustic effect, a quality that also permeates Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! and Hard, Hard, Hard! written for toy piano.

Tracklist

 
12 Preludes (1979) (00:32:01 )
1
No. 1. Largo (00:03:26)
2
No. 2. Allegretto (00:01:27)
3
No. 3. Largo (00:02:23)
4
No. 4. Presto (00:02:16)
5
No. 5. Lento tranquillamente (00:03:39)
6
No. 6. Moderato (00:01:41)
7
No. 7. Grave (00:03:34)
8
No. 8. Allegro vivace (00:01:57)
9
No. 9. Allegretto (00:01:53)
10
No. 10. Adagio (00:02:46)
11
No. 11. Allegro (00:02:07)
12
No. 12. Lento (00:05:01)
 
Gu Yue (Ancient Music) (1985) (00:17:00 )
13
I. Gong (00:03:31)
14
II. Qin (Chinese zither) (00:03:05)
15
III. Pipa (Chinese lute) (00:04:53)
16
IV. Drum (00:04:44)
17
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! (2006) (00:12:09)
18
Hard, Hard, Hard! (2011) (00:10:59)
Total Time: 01:11:31

The Artist(s)

Yiming Zhang Since 2012, Yiming Zhang has dedicated himself to performing Chinese piano works. In addition to giving lecture recitals of Chinese piano works, Zhang published The Piano Journal of the Republic of China, and compiled The Collection of the Republic of China’s Piano Music. The Forest, an album of the Republic of China’s piano works recorded by Yiming Zhang, was released in 2018 by China Record Group’s Beijing Branch.

The Composer(s)

Gan-Ru Ge Ge Gan-ru, described in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as ‘China’s first avant-garde composer’, is often regarded as one of the most original composers of his generation. His music is known for its immediately identifiable individualism and unique sound.