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中 Zhong

for solo cello and orchestra

Year:  2019

Year:  2019

Xu Tang

Composer:   Xu Tang

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Xu Tang: 中 Zhong - VIDEO

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This work was written for solo cello and orchestra in 2019, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation. The chamber orchestra version was premiered by New Zealand soloist Matthias Balzat, with Auckland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Scholes.

Not Western, not Eastern, then, what is it? It is me, who was born and raised in China and have been living in New Zealand for the last ten years. Zhong, means literally centre, middle.

We are living in a world where the 'convergent' and 'divergent' coexist. Different cultural traditions and ideas have been exchanged and integrated through processes of "convergence" and then made pluralistic through processes of "divergence". Every culture has its own idiosyncrasies, which makes the world rich and colourful.

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Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation