The Concert Programme
AYO’s concert programme includes two famous works by contemporary Chinese composers, which are rarely heard in NZ: The Chinese Spring Festival Overture is buoyant from the beginning with energetic dance rhythms reminiscent of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances. Dynamic use of percussion adds plenty of colour to this exciting, short overture.
The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, performed by violinist Gloria Tian, is written with traditional Western tonal harmonies, but employs some Chinese techniques which result in a ‘Chinese sound’. The composers were inspired by a romantic folk tale and the music reveals lively dance music, languorous melodies and delicate solo work.
Schumann’s ever-popular “Spring” Symphony was written in the depths of winter in 1841 when the composer felt a sudden urge of longing for spring! It is an optimistic work, opening with a glorious brass fanfare followed by gentle evening moods and sprightly dances.