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My Song was commission, world premiered and recorded by Peter Serkin. The album is now available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes



My Song was commission, world premiered and recorded by Peter Serkin. The recording is available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes.

My Song (1989)

for solo piano
1. 1/8 note = 54
2. 1/4 note = 66-72
3. 1/4 note = 112
4. Nostalgia




Program Note

My Song was an inspiration of two folds: first, Peter Serkin's musicality and virtuosity, and second, my attachment to Chinese folk music. The phonetic pronunciation of "My Song" (m'ai-sang) in Chinese can coincidentally be translated as "pulsating voices." And my :m'ai-song" (pulsating voices) is the folk music and dance of my native land.

The prelude-like first movement, in folklore style, is constructed through the development of heterophony, a typical device in Asian music. A humoristic and joyful folk song from Se-Tsuan inspired the second movement. The third movement is a savage dance in which the melody grows through a series of "Chinese sequences." This is a term of my own invention that describes a type of melodic development in Chinese instrumental music in which each repetition of the initial motive increases the number of notes, duration, and tessitura. The last movement evokes a lonely nostalgia.

My Song was commission and premiere by Peter Serkin on November 11, 1989 at the 92nd Street Y in the NYC.



—Bright Sheng