PEIPING HUTUNGS (Symphonic Poem)

Composer: 

Alternate Title: 

PEKING HUTONGS (Symphonic Poem)

Year Authored (or revised): 

1933

Scoring: 

3222 4331 perc(5) celeste, harp, xylophone, piano, strings

Instrumentation : 

Chinese percussion instruments

Duration (min): 

11

Recording: 

New World Records, Jacob Avshalomov, conductor NWCR667

Title translation "Lanes of Beijing"
Peking Hutungs (which could be rendered as “Peking byway”) was composed in 1931 and is a tonal evocation of street sounds from dawn to dusk. There are early-morning street cries, bits of Chinese opera, and temple and popular music, as well as a funeral procession with its deafening panoply of drums to drive away the evil spirits. After reaching a final climax, the music ends in the same tranquil mood with which it began.
The world premiere of Peking Hutungs took place in Shanghai on February 7, 1933, and it was recorded there in 1935, in which year Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra gave the music its American premiere.

 

 

 

 

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