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Spring Festival

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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
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet in B-flat 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

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.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • 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
  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Annual Conference of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 26 May 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 9 April 2018 (Carnegie Hall, N.Y.)
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Jason McChristian, conductor) - 17 August 2014
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 20 April 2013

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