Gemini   Composer: Zhihua Hu

Kim Lewis, Flute

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Greenfield Hall, New York City, U. S.

"Gemini" was composed in 2004. It expresses the differences and diversities of humanity. Flute and piano represent two different images to express a variety of contractions and conflicts in people's mind.

 

 

 

Zodiac's Celebration Day  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Natasha Loomis , Flute

Rachelle Dizon, Clarinet

Concert Location: Église Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur La Bolline, Valdeblore, France

Kliment Krylolvskiy, Zodiac Music Academy & Festival Art Director

"Zodiac's Celebration Day" was composed to dedicate to "Zodiac Music Academy & Festival". It was premiered by flutist Natasha Loomis and clarinetist Rachelle Dizon during 2016 Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in Valdeblore, France.

Three Memories of Teenage Years - Movement I  Silver Hair  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Eric Umble, Clarinet in B-Flat

Alicia Busha, Violin

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Ades Performance Space, New York City, U. S.

Three Memories of Teenage Years includes 3 movements: I. Silver Hair, (dedicated to professor) II. Nacht (to unrequited love) III. An Italian Poem (dedicated to my close friend). This video is movement I. Silver Hair. It was commissioned by 2016 Zodiac Music Academy & Festival and it was premiered by Zodiac Trio in Valdeblore, France. This ensemble work includes composer Ms, Hu's own “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” .

Three Memories of Teenage Years - Movement II  Nacht  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Amber Evans, Soprano

Feifei Yang, Erhu

Jon Clancy, Percussion

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Zhihua Hu, THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series Art Director

Concert Location: The National Opera Center (OPERA America), New York City, U. S.

“Three Memories in Teenage Years” is an ensemble work presents composer Ms. Hu's three memories in teenage years. Mov. II “Nacht" was composed to dedicated to a story of unrequited love.  The original text of “Nacht” is English written by Zhihua Hu and it was for soprano and piano premiered by Amber Evans and Zhihua Hu at Manhattan School of Music. After that, The text was translated by composer Alexander Held into German.

 

 

Exploration - for Solo Piano  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Zhihua Hu, Pianist

Concert Location: P. S. 310 Auditorium, New York City, U. S.

“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.

 

 

Compression - for Solo Flute  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Leia Slosberg, Flute

Concert Location: Chris Chapel, The Riverside Church, New York City, U. S.

"Compression" - for Solo Flute was commissioned by New York flutist Martha Cargo. This is the second version performed by flutist Leia Slosberg in THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series.

 

 
 

Modern Life  Composer: Zhihua Hu

Hyun Jung, Vibraphone

Kexin Li, Marimba I

Yi Chen, Marimba II

Concert Location: Miller Hall, New York City, U. S.

"Modern Life" was composed for three percussionists. It was commissioned by 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music, Italy. This ensemble work includes composer Ms. Hu's  own “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale”.

 

Beautifully Decorated Se - for Baritone, Voice, and Chinese Ensemble (2018)

Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Xiaoming Tian, Baritone

Feifei Yang, Erhu / Voice

Katelyn Weng, Bangdi

Chen Fan, Pipa

Kexin Li, Gong

Zhongbei Wu, Guzheng

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Beautifully Decorated Se” was originally a seven-character poem composed by Shangyin Li, who was a poet during the Tang Dynasty. Composer Mrs. Hu was deeply attracted by this subtle and extremely beautiful poem. The poem gave her a strong melody which features both Chinese and pop styles. Additionally, the picture of Baritone, a female pop singer, and a Chinese ensemble jumped into her mind. Se is a traditional Chinese instrument. The shape of Se is similar to Guzheng which is quite popular now.

Three Memories of Teenage Years - for Ensembles (2016 - 2018) I. Silver Hair (To Composer and Professor Chen Gang) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Vasko Dukovski, Clarinet in B-Flat

Ravenna Lipchik, Violin

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Three Memories of Teenage Years” was composed to commemorate three important people and memories of composer Mrs. Hu’s teenage years. Composer Ms. Hu employed her “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in this composition.

I. Silver Hair (2016) It was composed to her professor and composer Chen Gang. This movement was commissioned by Zodiac Trio and it was premiered in France.

II. Nacht (2017) It was composed to commemorate a story of unrequited love. The lyrics was composed by composer Ms. Hu. She then had it was translated into German. This movement was premiered in the second THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert held in The National Opera Center / OPERA America.

III. Un Poema Italiano (2018) It was composed to Ms. Hu’s close friend of her teenage years. The lyrics composed by Ms. Hu was later translated into Italian. This Movement was world premiered in Carnegie Hall.

Three Memories of Teenage Years - for Ensembles (2016 - 2018) III. Un Poema Italiano (To Soprano Bingbing Wang) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Andrea Lynn Cianflone, Soprano

Ravenna Lipchik, Violin

Jon Clancy, Percussion

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Three Memories of Teenage Years” was composed to commemorate three important people and memories of composer Mrs. Hu’s teenage years. Composer Ms. Hu employed her “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in this composition.

I. Silver Hair (2016) It was composed to her professor and composer Chen Gang. This movement was commissioned by Zodiac Trio and it was premiered in France.

II. Nacht (2017) It was composed to commemorate a story of unrequited love. The lyrics was composed by composer Ms. Hu. She then had it was translated into German. This movement was premiered in the second THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert held in The National Opera Center / OPERA America.

III. Un Poema Italiano (2018) It was composed to Ms. Hu’s close friend of her teenage years. The lyrics composed by Ms. Hu was later translated into Italian. This Movement was world premiered in Carnegie Hall.

Harmony - for Double Duets (2019) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

DUO SORE YURE

Iván Solano, Clarinet in B-Flat

Yui Sakagoshi, Alto Saxophone

Concert Location: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Musc Center, NYC, U. S.

“Harmony - for double duets” was composed in January 2019. It was commissioned by Duo Sore Yure for a Solo and Duet concert in MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick on March 15th, 2019. Composer and Pianist Zhihua Hu had a fresh and audacious thought to make the original duet (Clarinet in B-Flat and Alto Saxophone) become to be double duets: Clarinet in B-Flat & Alto Saxophone, Male Vocal & Female Vocal. Ms. Hu believes that although these four voice parts have their different features, they can achieve a balance between instruments and voices in this new chamber work.

Soul of the Great Wall - for Solo Piano (2005, Revise 2019)

Performer:

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Performance Location: Tian Song Musical Arts, New York City, USA

The piano composition “Soul of the Great Wall” was composed by Ms. Hu in September of 2005, and it was revised in January, 2019. The composition was inspired and arranged by Chinese folk songs “The Great Wall Ballad” and “Meng Jiangnu Cries the Great Wall”. Ms. Hu expressed two main aspects of The Great Wall through the music. Firstly, she revealed the praise and grandiosity of The Great Wall and Secondly, she communicated the story of Meng Jiangnu’s Crying at The Great Wall. Ms. Hu employed “Contrast Color” composition technique to express the difference and relevance of these two aspects. The music form of this work is very close to sonatina that comes from Western music. However, the articulation in this work was composed to imitate many Chinese instruments.

In 2006, the Certificate of Merit was awarded to “Soul of the Great Wall” in The Great Wall International Music Composition Competition. In 2007, two of her compositions, “Soul of the Great Wall” and “Exploration”, both won San Carlo Medium and Small Scale Excellent Piano Works Entry Award.

The Epitome of Musée du Louvre  Composer: Zhihua Hu

MSM Symphony Orchestra, performers

George Manahan, Conductor

Concert Location: Neidorff-Karpati Hall, New York City, U. S.

"The Epitome of Musée du Louvre was composed after composer Ms. 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.

 

Ecology - for String Quartet (2010) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Ravenna Lipchik, Violin I

Katie Hyun, Violin II

Stephanie Griffin, Viola

Caleb van der Swaagh, Cello

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Ecology - for String Quartet” was composed to express the development of ecology and objects in the natural world. Composer Ms. Hu’s inspiration is derived from ecology and morphology. The composition was divided into six movements to describe lives’ every important step of development.

I Antenna: Creature starts to move like animals’ antenna. They start to explore this world.

II Stretch: Objects start to develop.

III Evolution: Gradually, many objects in nature start to change to promote their growths. IV Spiral: The development of nature represents a spiral escalation in morphology.

V Precipitation: After long-time changes, objects are precipitated in order to prepare for the next step.

VI Transmigration: One life ends, another begins.

Three Memories of Teenage Years - for Ensembles (2016 - 2018) II. Nacht (To Unrequited Love) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Fangtao Jiang, Soprano

Feifei Yang, Erhu

Jon Clancy, Percussion

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Three Memories of Teenage Years” was composed to commemorate three important people and memories of composer Mrs. Hu’s teenage years. Composer Ms. Hu employed her “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in this composition.

I. Silver Hair (2016) It was composed to her professor and composer Chen Gang. This movement was commissioned by Zodiac Trio and it was premiered in France.

II. Nacht (2017) It was composed to commemorate a story of unrequited love. The lyrics was composed by composer Ms. Hu. She then had it was translated into German. This movement was premiered in the second THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert held in The National Opera Center / OPERA America.

III. Un Poema Italiano (2018) It was composed to Ms. Hu’s close friend of her teenage years. The lyrics composed by Ms. Hu was later translated into Italian. This Movement was world premiered in Carnegie Hall.



Chinese and Western - for Two Wind Performers and Two Percussionists (2018)

Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Katelyn Weng, Bangdi

Benjamin Chin, Alto Saxophone

Jon Clancy, Bass Drum

Kexin Li, Chinese Drum

Concert Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, U. S.

“Chinese and Western” was composed to express the culture differences and culture integration between East and West through comparing two groups of instruments: Chinese wind instrument Bangdi and Western woodwind instrument Alto Saxophone; Chinese Drum and Bass Drum. Composer Ms. Hu employed her “Compression Rhythm” and “Chinese Nine Tone Scale” in this composition. Performers: Katelyn Weng, Bangdi Benjamin Chin, Alto Saxophone Jon Clancy, Bass Drum Kexin Li, Chinese Drum

Woman Who Wears Qipao Dress (2019) Composer: Zhihua Hu

Performers:

Feifei Yang, Erhu/Vocal

Chen Fan, Pipa

Wei Sun, Guzheng

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Musc Center, NYC, U. S.

Producer & Artistic Director of THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series: Zhihua Hu

Nine Tone Trio - for Two Players (Hichiriki & Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano) (2019)

Performers:

Thomas Piercy, Hichiriki & Clarinet in B-Flat

Zhihua Hu, Piano

Concert Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City, USA

The new ensemble work “Nine Tone Trio” - for Two Players (Hichiriki & Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano) is based on the Chinese Nine-Tone Scale that composer and Pianist Zhihua Hu created. In 2016, Ms. Hu firstly employed the scale in her ensemble work Three Memories of Teenage Years I. Silver Hair (To Composer and Professor Chen Gang) commissioned by Zodiac Trio. Later, she employed her nine-tone scale in her works: Zodiac’s Celebration Day, Modern Life for Three Percussionists premiered in 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music and solo flute work Compression for flutist Martha Cargo. When she composed several compositions by employing Chinese Nine-Tone Scale, Ms. Hu realized the scale is not limited by Chinese music style, but it is able to produce more international music style.

“Nine Tone Trio” - for Two Players is an ensemble work which features oriental music language, Western music language, and Japanese music style.