Chinese Celebrations for String Quartet
-Lee Chun-Ping, Su Wen-Ching, and Chen Ju-Chi, arranged by Matt Springer
About the sheet music:
Matt Springer's two string quartet arrangements of Chinese music are designed to let a western string quartet play the music in authentic Chinese style, even if the players are not already familiar with the style. Because he plays both western violin and Chinese erhu, Springer has been able to use standard ornaments and non-standard but intuitive symbols to instruct the players on how to play the music. Many Chinese pieces would not sound good played by a western string quartet, but these two pieces work quite well as Chinese string quartet music.
More details, including program notes, history, and streaming audio of each movement
Strings Magazine ran an article about these arrangements, with a focus on Joyous Festival, in its January 2007 issue.
Like the Chinese lion on the cover? It's loosely based on a photograph of the Fook Sing Lion Dance Troupe at the 2005 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, taken by photographer Bonnie Kamin. Check out her website for a gallery and San Francisco Bay Area contact info!
The sheet music is now commercially available (click the Purchase link above for information). Please note that the printed music is being sold, but this music has not been commercially recorded.
Feel free to check out other arrangements by Matt Springer for percussion ensemble and for string quartet!
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