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Dragon Rhyme

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Chen Yi

Chen Yi

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $60.00


1. Mysteriously-Harmoniously - 7:45
2. Energetically - 6:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group, and premiered by the Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Dr. Glen Adsit on May 30, 2010, Chen Yi's Dragon Rhyme for symphonic band has two movements: I. Mysteriously-Harmoniously; II. Energetically.

The first movement is more lyrical and the second powerful. The thematic material in both movements is matched, which is used economically for development throughout the work. The instrumental texture is rich in colors, from transparent and delicate to angular and strong. Taking the image of the dragon, which is auspicious, fresh and vivid, the music is layered and multidimensional. It symbolizes the Eastern culture. When it meets the world, it becomes part of the global family.

- Program Note from score

The composer has written:

Dragon Rhyme for symphonic band is cast in two movements. You will hear that the thematic material found in each movement is related and consists of the basic intervals found in Beijing opera music. The instrumental textures within this piece range from transparent and delicate, to angular and strong. This variety is meant to spark the image of a dragon, which is auspicious, fresh, and vivid, and results in music that is layered and multidimensional -- similar to the Eastern culture.

- Program Note from University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 12 October 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ont. Can.) Wind Orchestra (Jessica Kun, conductor) - 4 December 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Wind Ensemble (Glenn Hayes, conductor) - 25 November 2020
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southwestern Division Conference, Norman, Okla.)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • Milton (Ga.) High School Wind Ensemble (Kevin Kenney, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Brendan Bowle, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 February 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 16 February 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 5 February 2019
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) – 29 November 2018 (NYSSMA Conference, Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) - 24 April 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble) (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Eric LaPrade) – 1 March 2018
  • University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse Wind Ensemble (J. Thomas Seddon IV, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • Oregon Wind Ensemble (Eugene) (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • College of New Jersey (Ewing Township) Wind Ensemble (Joshua Roach, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Wind Ensemble (Larry Gookin, conductor) – 25 March 2011 (CBDNA 2011 National Conference, Seattle, Wash.)
  • Hartt Wind Ensemble (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 30 May 2010 (Carnegie Hall, New York) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Battisti, Frank L. The New Winds of Change. Delray Beach, Fla., Meredith Music Publications, 2018, p. 328.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 289.
  • McCutcheon, Russell. "Dragon Rhyme." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 885-893. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Yi, Chen (2010). Dragon Rhyme: For Symphonic Band [score]. C. Fischer Music and T. Presser Co.: [King of Prussia, Penn.]