Tunes from My Home (2007) by Chen Yi
for violin, cello, and piano
West Coast premiere

I. Introduction
II. Nostalgia
III. Happiness

I am Cantonese (Southern Chinese) in origin, and it's natural for me to speak in my native tongue in this trio. I got the inspiration from the folk Cantonese Music for my work. The pitch materials of my motives are drawn from Summer Thunder, Prancing Horses, and Racing the Dragon Boat. The first movement serves as the introduction of all pitch materials, the music is happy, energetic and celebrating, with a quiet middle section featuring harmonics and lyrical counterpoint in the strings as a contrast; the second movement, Nostalgia, is a fugue in delicate and sensitive expression; and the final movement, Happiness, in the textures of dialogues and smooth moving passages, is a celebration to happy occasions.

— C. Y.    

[from program for February 6, 2012 concert]