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Su (Tracing Back)

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The Chinese character su has the meaning of tracing back to the source of recalling ancient times. My composition was inspired by the distinctive qualities fo the ancient Chinese qin,  a seven string plucking instrument similar to the zither.

Su cpatures the essence of music written for the qin which is characterised by scales, harmonics, multi-fingered plucking and rapid glissandos (simulating thunder). Harmonics are particularly important in the music - the purityof the sound signifyinf a clear and noble soul. Traditionally the qin was paired with the xiao, a vertical bambbo flute - both are delicate and elegant instruments, yet are capable of a wide range of expression. Transferring the musical characteristics of these two ancient instruments to the western flute and harp expands the tonal rane and dynamic contrasts making the music more dramatic.

Difficulty guide: 8-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Harp
Category: Music for Flute and Harp
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher's reference: 9780193865129
Our Stock Code: 1380293
Media Type: Paperback

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