Suite from China West

From Wind Repertory Project
Chen Yi

Chen Yi

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 13:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $170.00; (digital) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


1. Introduction – 3:15
2. Meng Songs - 2:40
3. Zang Songs - 4:10
4. Miao Songs – 2:40


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell (small)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned in 2005 by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Lawrence Isaacson, music director, the four-movement Suite from China West premiered on May 18, 2008, at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass. The authentic folk music from China West has amazed and inspired the composer to write this piece, which has folk music elements drawn from the folk songs Gadameilin and Pastoral of the Meng people; Ashima of the Yi people; Du Mu and Amaliehuo of the Zang people; and Dou Duo and the Lusheng ensemble music of the Miao people.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Mack Wood, conductor) - 5 October 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) - 7 February 2023
  • Acadia University (Wolfville, N.S., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Hopkins, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) - 10 November 2021
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • The Hartt Omni Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor) – 8 December 2018
  • Swarthmore (Penn.) College Wind Ensemble (Andrew Hauze, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • Austin (Tx.) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 24 February 2016
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Jamaica Plains, Mass.) (Lawrence Isaacson, conductor)- 18 May 2008 *Premiere Performance*

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