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Gao Ping: Sonatine for flute and piano "Dialogue between wind and snow" - downloadable PDF SCORE and PARTPdf typeset
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Sonatine - Dialogue between Wind and Snow was written in December of 2002. This piece was meant to be a sister piece of a much earlier miniature called Dawn (1994). But as it was finished and performed, I thought it stood on its own quite well. A tonal and more conventional style was used in order to fit the two pieces together.
This piece has a carefree, fresh, and uncomplicated character. The musical ideas are often presented in polyphonic textures to give a sense of dialogue. I had a good time writing it and it was finished quite quickly. The winter of 2002 was exceptionally snowy and windy in Cincinnati where I was residing at the time, and some of the ideas came to me while I was watching the snow through the window.
This work exists in 2 versions, one for flute and piano, and another for violin and piano. I have performed both versions with two exceptional performers: the Russian flutist Alexander Viazovtsev and violinist Yang Liu.
15 Jun 2012: Performed by Adrianna Lis (flute) and Sarah Watkins (piano) at St Augustine's Church, in Christchurch.
17 Jun 2012: Performed by Adrianna Lis (flute) and Sarah Watkins (piano) at the Distinction Hotel, in Te Anau.
First performed by Alexander Viazovtsev (flute) and Gao Ping (piano) in 2003