In an interview with the composer Liu Yintong, she shared her thoughts regarding
her inspiration to compose the duet Memorial II. Liu studied under Chen Yi, who is a leading female contemporary composer. She has won many honors and awards worldwide, in addition to performing with major symphonies and musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, the Cleveland Orchestra, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chen Yi’s Percussion Concerto combines Eastern and Western music styles and also includes Chinese poetry, and elements of Beijing opera. Similarly, Liu uses Chinese poetry and elements of Hebei opera in Memorial II. This document and recording of Memorial II will examine the musical integration of Liu’s educational and cultural experience into her composition. In addition this document will examine Hebei opera styles of singing, imitated in the cello and piano.
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