October 18, 2011

Xing Hai

If you were bullied in school.
If you were a person belonging to a tribe/race marginalised by politics and economics.
If you were a child wishing to learn and know the world
If you were a child who loved your grandfather and mother
If you were a child born with special gifts
You would identify with the story of Xing Hai...and love the movie...

And if you do not know the origin of the beautiful music "Yellow River Cantata..."this post today might open a small window...

Xian Xinghai (June 13, 1905 – October 30, 1945) (Chinese: 冼星海; pinyin: Xiǎn Xīnghăi) was one of the earliest generation of Chinese composers influenced by western classical music and has influenced generations of Chinese musicians. Although he composed in all the major musical forms (two symphonies, a violin concerto, four large scale choral works, nearly 300 songs and an opera), he is best known for his Yellow River Cantata upon which the Yellow River Concerto for piano and orchestra is based.

The Yellow River Piano Concerto which remains one of the best known Chinese musical works world wide. This is the work of a great musician who fought against bullies throughout his childhood and at time helplessness and total despair with only his mother to console and inspire him. He died at a very young age of 40 in 1945.

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The Yellow River Piano Concerto (simplified Chinese: 黄河协奏曲; traditional Chinese: 黃河協奏曲; pinyin: Huáng Hé xiézòuqǔ) is a piano concerto arranged by a collaboration between musicians including Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua, and based on the Yellow River Cantata by Xian Xinghai. Since its politicised premiere in 1969 during the Cultural Revolution, the Concerto has become popular in China and amongst overseas Chinese nationalists. It is noted for a difficult solo part.

This is the Cantata by Xin Hai. Enjoy!!

This music would fill your days with lively notes in your head.

And your heart will beat with greater strength to face all challenges every day. It does that to me. And I hope it will help you too.

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