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Music of Zhihua Hu

by Zhihua Hu

The album is comprised of three chamber works and one symphony composed by composer & pianist Zhihua Hu in Shanghai, New York and Paris. In addition, as a pianist, Zhihua Hu had performed and recorded all the compositions with piano parts on this album.
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1. Exploration - For Solo Piano (2004)
7:12 $2.99
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2. Gemini - For Flute and Piano (2004)
5:45 $2.99
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3. Three Memories of Teenage Years - For Ensembles - Movement II: Nacht (To Unrequited Love) (2017)
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4. The Epitome of Musée Du Louvre - For Orchestra (2016) [Live]
7:10 $2.99
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The album "Music of Zhihua Hu" is comprised of one solo piano work, two ensemble works and one symphony composed by composer & pianist Zhihua Hu who is currently based in New York City. Composer & pianist Zhihua Hu employed her creative composing techniques “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in a few compositions on this album. In addition, as a pianist, Zhihua Hu had performed and recorded all the compositions with piano parts on this album.

1. Exploration - For Solo Piano (2004)

Performer:
Zhihua Hu, Piano

Exploration - For Solo Piano hints the potential problem that people may encounter in their explorative paths. Sometimes, we feel easy and comfortable while exploring things, while at other times, we feel tortured and have difficulty looking at them. In the beginning of the exploration, we may feel self-satisfied once we think we have seen the dawn of success. However, our impatience and self- satisfaction may make us taste failure. When we try to explore things again, we draw lessons from our past. Although we often feel exhausted, the explorative path will never end. In terms of composing techniques, composer Ms. Hu employed a pair of minor thirds and diminished fourth as an important Ostinato in this work. These two intervals represent different colors: minor third sounds steady while diminished fourth sounds aggressive. In additional, the composer employed many polyphonic techniques in this piano work, such as imitative polyphony and contrast polyphony. Also, composer Ms. Hu employed four staff to replace grand staff to compose this work in order to stimulate pianists’ maximum musical expression.

In 2007, Exploration - For Solo Piano won San Carlo Excellent Small and Median Piano Works Entry Award. This version was performed in Tian Song Musical Arts 2018 Music Competition Award Ceremony & Winners Concert.

2. Gemini - For Flute and Piano (2004)

Performers:
Kim Lewis, Flute
Zhihua Hu, Piano

Gemini - For Flute and Piano was composed to express the different sides and diversities of Gemini people. It is like two same seeds which eventually become different under the condition of different environment (weather, temperature and humidity). Composer Ms. Hu employed flute and piano representing two opposite images to express contractions and conflicts in Gemini people’s mind.

3. Three Memories of Teenage Years - For Ensembles - Movement: II Nacht (To Unrequited Love) (2017)

Performers:
Amber Evans, Soprano
Feifei Yang, Erhu
Jon Clancy, Percussion
Zhihua Hu, Piano

Three Memories of Teenage Years - For Ensembles (2016-2018) is composition with three movements. Each movement was composed in different instrumentation. This composition was composed to commenmorate three important people and memories of composer and pianist Zhihua Hu's teenage years.

Three Memories of Teenage Years - Movement: II Nacht (To Unrequited Love) was composed to dedicated to a story of unrequited love. The original text of “Nacht” is in English written by Zhihua Hu and it was for Soprano and Piano premiered by Amber Evans and Zhihua Hu herself at Manhattan School of Music. After that, the text was translated into German. Composer and pianist Zhihua Hu employed her creative composing techniques “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in this movement. Three Memories of Teenage Years - Movement: II Nacht (To Unrequited Love) was premiered in THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series II which was produced and directed by Ms. Hu herself in OPERA America/The National Opera Center in the year of 2018.

4. The Epitome of Musée Du Louvre - For Orchestra (2016) [Live]

Performers:
Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, Philharmonic Orchestra
George Manahan, Conductor

The Epitome of Musée Du Louvre - For Orchestra was composed after composer Zhihua Hu came back from Paris to NYC during the summer time of 2016. She was inspired by everything that she had explored in Musée du Louvre. Composer & pianist Zhihua Hu employed her creative composing technique "Chinese Nine Tone Scale" in this composition. The Epitome of Musée Du Louvre - For Orchestra was premiered and recorded as a Live version in the concert "MSM Composers' Orchestra" which was held in John C. Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music in 2016.






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