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Yan Pang

Yan Pang

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yan Pang
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Yan Pang


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Musical elements of this piece come from Guizhou, Southwest China, where I lived in a rural area for three weeks to study the Dong way of making music. The work is inspired by the way the Dong ethnic minority sing and play the Sheng, a wind instrument. Their folk music has recently been listed as an intangible cultural heritage in 2009 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. During my study, there was no internet and very few 21st-century amenities. Singing and dancing is their entertainment. To me, this was a “raw” way of living.

In this piece, I did not use any extended techniques and wanted to bring their aesthetic to the stage. Archie was a beloved dog who passed to a good place when I finished this piece. I named this piece after him and like to think he is continuing his pure, cheerful life in heaven.

- Program Note by composer

This work was premiered by the Desert Winds, Las Vegas, Nevada, at their tenth anniversary concert.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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