Gulimina Mahamuti | Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China

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Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China

by Gulimina Mahamuti

This recording presents the U.S. Premiere of Chinese Xinjiang piano music by Chen Yi and Shi Fu, including Chen's Variations on “Awariguli” and Shi Fu's three Xinjiang Piano Suites, previously performed at Carnegie Hall by Mahamuti in January of 2012.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Variations On “awariguli”
9:16 $1.99
2. Song of the Ice Mountain
4:22 $1.99
3. Kashgar Dance
2:31 $1.99
4. Tajik Drum Dance
5:14 $1.99
5. Tarim Men
6:03 $1.99
6. D String Song
3:44 $1.99
7. Nocturne
3:59 $1.99
8. Eagle Flute Dance
7:01 $1.99
9. Silk Headscarf Dance
2:21 $1.99
10. The Little Instrumentalist
2:01 $1.99
11. A Delightful Scene
2:07 $1.99
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Album Notes
A prolific composer and the Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Chen Yi is a recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the first woman to give a multimedia orchestral concert in the U.S. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and appointed the Changjiang Scholar Visiting Professor at the Central Conservatory by the China Education Ministry in 2006.

Composed during her freshman year at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Variations on “Awariguli” is based on a famous Xinjiang folk song named after a Uyghur girl, Awariguli, and contains nine variations with a coda. On January 8, 2012, Gulimina Mahamuti gave its U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall.


Located in northwest China, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is home to nine Islamic ethnic minorities, including the Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Tajik. Its music style, unique among the diverse Chinese piano literature, was pioneered by the Chinese composer and ethnomusicologist, Shi Fu, who collected and studied nearly two thousand ethnic folk songs from Xinjiang and composed three Xinjiang Suites for solo piano.

Song of the Ice Mountain from Xinjiang Suite No. 1 embodies the courageous spirit of the Tajiks who live in the harsh environment of the Pamir Mountains, the so-called “Roof of the World.” Kashgar Dance captures the graceful Uyghur folk dance, the Läpär, and Tajik Drum Dance features a vigorous folk dance typically accompanied by a hand-drum.

In Xinjiang Suite No. 2, Tarim Men depicts a group of Uyghurs riding camels in the remote and vast Taklamakan Desert. The recitative-like introduction mimics the Uyghur 12 Muqam’s Chong näghmä, a prelude with long phrases and irregular, free rhythms. The folk-like lyrical melody evokes the Uyghur Dastan (traditionally consisting of several narrative songs), followed by an exuberant Uyghur dance, the Mäshräp. In the D String Song, the piano imitates the Kyrgyz Komuz, a three-stringed fretless lute used in Central Asian music. Nocturne is based on a Kazakh love song Shi Fu collected in Yili in 1952, and Eagle Flute Dance captures the sophisticated and improvisatory sounds of the eagle flute, a Tajik instrument made from an eagle’s wing bone with three holes.

Composed for children, the Silk Headscarf Dance of Xinjiang Suite No.3 depicts a graceful dance of Uyghur girls. The Little Instrumentalist portrays a young and skillful player on the Tanbur a Uyghur folk instrument, and A Delightful Scene describes the exuberance of young Uyghurs dancing the Mäshräp.

- Notes by Gulimina Mahamuti



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