Vienna Teng (arr. Joseph Leites)
Subtitle: For Chamber Brass
Duration: c. 3:35
Original Medium: Song
Cost: Score and Parts - free; contact arranger
None discovered thus far.
Cynthia Yih Shih, better known by her stage name of Vienna Teng, is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Born to Taiwanese parents in 1978 in Saratoga, California, Teng began studying classical piano at the age of five. She graduated from Saratoga High School as the salutatorian in 1996 and began pursuing a computer science degree from Stanford University. After joining the Stanford Harmonics, a student-run a capella group, Teng began recording her compositions and signed with Virt Records in 2002. In 2010, Teng was accepted into the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.
The Hymn of Acxiom has deeply touching lyrics and rich harmonic context that lend the listener hints of emotional and religious choral hymns similar to those done by Morten Lauridsen; it might seem odd to find out that the roots of this piece come from an internship Teng spent with a data collection company in Arkansas, known as Acxiom. The song is a commentary on the shocking amount of data that companies collect on people’s personal lives. The Hymn of Acxiom was made popular within the band community in 2014 when The Bluecoats of Drum Corps International performed it in their production, Tilt.
- Program note compiled by arranger
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Louisville (Ky.) Chamber Winds (Joseph Leites, conductor) - 9 March 2023
Works for Winds by This Composer
- The Hymn of Acxiom (arr. Ecklund) (2013)
- The Hymn of Acxiom (arr. Leites) (2013)
- The Hymn of Acxiom (arr. Westover-Muñoz) (2013/)
- Aims (album), Wikipedia Accessed 30 September 2020
- "Glide Magazine Presents: Vienna Teng, "The Hymn of Acxiom" YouTube, 8 July 2014. Web. Accessed 30 September 2020
- Perusal score
- Vienna Teng website – Accessed 19 April 2022