Spring Festival

From Wind Repertory Project
Chen Yi

Chen Yi

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: BandQuest, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score - $5.00


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

  • Chinese Cymbals
  • Congas
  • Gong (high and low)
  • Tom-Toms


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Chen Yi's Spring Festival is a lively musical tribute to the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration. The composition takes inspiration from a southern Chinese folk piece, Lion Playing Ball, and employs the Golden Section, based on the phi ratio, to create a harmonious structure. Nested Golden Sections add rhythmic complexity, enhancing the festive atmosphere. The use of gongs and cymbals intensifies the celebratory mood, while crisp articulation, rhythmic syncopation, and asymmetrical phrasing contribute to the spirited portrayal of this joyous occasion. Through skillful integration of mathematics and music, Chen Yi has created an exciting and exuberant musical experience.

- Program Note from Lambert High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2023

Composer Chen Yi wrote Spring Festival as a celebration of the Chinese New Year and all the traditions that accompany this special Chinese festival. While the melody is drawn from a southern Chinese folk ensemble piece called Lion Playing Ball, the form of the piece is based on the idea of the Golden Section. The CD-ROM that accompanies this piece explains this mathematical idea and how Chen Yi incorporated it into the composition of this piece. Commissioned by American Composers Forum's Bandquest project in 1999.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lambert High School (Suwanee, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Tonya Mashburn, conductor) - 21 December 2023 (2023 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Isaac Brinberg, conductor) - 21 April 2023
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Symphony Band (Julia Baumanis, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • Mid-Atlantic Honor Band (Winchester, Va.) (Tim Robblee, conductor) - 29 January 2023
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Clifton Croomes, conductor) – 26 October 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Campus Band (Lauren Visel, conductor) -- 20 October 2022
  • Luther College (Decorah, Ia.) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • Lockport (Ill.) Township High School Wind Symphony (Brian Covey, conductor) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 23 February 2022
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Symphonic Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • O'Fallon Township (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 8 May 2021
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Manhattan Wind Ensemble (New York) (Sarah Fernández, conductor) – 23 May 2019
  • Rhode Island (Woonsocket) Wind Ensemble (Robert Franzblau, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) 28 February 2019
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 15 February 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 10 February 2019
  • Tel-Aviv (Israel) University Wind Orchestra (Uri Reisner, Conductor) - 31 January 2019
  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover, conductor) – 10 November 2018

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