Capriccio of Grassland for 12 Cellos

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Performances

《Capriccio of Grassland (for 12 Cellos)》 was written based on the combination of several Chinese folksongs originated from Mongolia and Xinjiang areas.

12 Cellos has been divided to three individual string quartets, which specifically means: the cellos of each quartet are treated as Violin I, Violin II, Viola and Cello since the registers arranged as high, medium-high, alto and low; and each of quartets carries different musical characters, which are respectively folk dancing, long song singing and a group of switch-like functioned harmonics.

Moreover, the timbre of cello has largely used to imitate the timbre of a traditional Mongolian instrument Horse Head Fiddle.

《Capriccio of Grassland (for 12 Cellos)》 has been premiered by Birmingham Conservatoire Cello Ensemble on 15th Dec, 2014 at Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall, UK.

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