Zhiye Peng

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PENG Zhiye (彭智烨, b.1985) is a freelance composer living currently in Chongqing, China. He initially studied architecture in Sichuan University, and then took postgraduate courses in composition with Prof. ZOU Xiangping and graduated in 2014 from Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 2016, he studied in Europe shortly with Yann Robin and Klaus Lang.

He tries to present in his compositions a broad spectrum of sonic landscapes and organic gestures, in a distinct trajectory yet preferably slowly evolving movement that indicates a biotic scenario. He sees unpitched noise as the wide-range ocean, that manmade tones and harmonies depart from and return to. He prefers sporadic sonic events with capably natural dynamics, obviating excessively artificial control over them.

He has been keeping in collaboration with visual artists, his music having been presented at Art Museum of Sichuan University, A4 Art Museum Chengdu, Dimensions Art Centre Chongqing, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, California Museum of Photography and Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts, and so forth. 

His works are published by BabelScores, a French-based structure specially devoted to diffusing and promoting contemporary music.
Including:
Orchestral    
- Chamber Symphony, for chamber orchestra and 4 vocal soloists (2014)
- Qi Wu, for chamber orchestra (2018)
Chamber/Instrumental    
- Le Braccia della Foresta (Nos.1-3), for 4 contrabasses (2018-19)
- The Footpath, for video, sampled sounds, violoncello (2019)
- Slackness and Disappointment In an April Afternoon, for violoncello, contrabass, electric guitar and percussion (2020)
Vocal    
- 5 Selections from Shijing, for mixed choir a cappella (2013/2021)
- The Granulation Plant Ⅱ, for 4 spoken voices, 4 MIDI channels, tam-tam (2019)
Incidental music    
- The Dream of a Man in Qi State, for the eponymous video (2016)
- The Mockingbird Hidden, for the eponymous video (2017)

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


The August Sleepwalker after the eponymous poem by Bei Dao, for two violoncelli and two contrabassi (2022) (2021)
The Balcony Facing West No.2 for 4 violoncelli (2020)
La Vernice Rossa "The Red Varnish" [2019 - 2020], for 2 contrabasses (2020)
Das Blau Dach No.3 "The Blue Roof" No.3, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
Slackness and Disappointment In an April Afternoon in 3 movements, for 4 performers: vc., cb., ele. guitar, perc. (2020)
Das Blau Dach No.1 "The Blue Roof" No.1, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
Das Blau Dach No.2 "The Blue Roof" No.2, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
The Balcony Facing West No.3 for 4 violoncelli (2019)
L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅰ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅰ (2019), for violoncello, contrabass, electric guitar and percussion (2019)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.2 "The Arms of the Forest" No.2, for 4 contrabassi (2019)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.3 "The Arms of the Forest" No.3, for 4 contrabassi (2019)
The Balcony Facing West No.1 for 4 violoncelli (2019)
Auf Dem Sand Spazieren "Walking On The Sand", for 4 contrabasses (2018)
L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅱ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅱ (2018), for 4 contrabasses (2018)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.1 "The Arms of the Forest" No.1, for 4 contrabassi (2018)
Das Robuste Licht (Ⅰ) "The Robust Light" Ⅰ [2018], for 4 violas (2018)
Das Robuste Licht (Ⅱ) "The Robust Light" Ⅱ [2018], for 4 contrabasses (2018)
Das Polarisiertes Licht for piano trio (2018)
Das Dünne Pferd (Ⅰ) "The Skinny Horse" Ⅰ [2015/2017], for 4 contrabasses (2017)
3 Meditations for viola and pianoforte (2017)
Das Dünne Pferd (Ⅱ) "The Skinny Horse" Ⅱ [2017], for 4 electric guitars (doubling electric bass guitars) (2017)
Me Walking By A July Railway (II) for 2 violini (2016)

Choral Ensemble


5 Selections from Shijing (2013/2021) for mixed choir a cappella (SATB) (2021)

Percussion Ensemble


L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅲ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅲ (2019), for four large tam-tams (2019)

Orchestral Music


Mount Qiwu for chamber orchestra (2018)

Solo Instrument


2 Moments Musicaux for piano (2018)
4 Morceaux for piano (2014)
4 Cantus in Old Tunes [2011 - 2012] for piano (2012)
3 Cantus in Lament [2008 - 2012] for piano (2012)

Music and Video


The Mockingbird Hidden incidental music for the eponymous video (2017)
The Dream of a Man in Qi State incidental music for the eponymous video (2016)
2 Moments Musicaux for piano (2018)
3 Cantus in Lament [2008 - 2012] for piano (2012)
3 Meditations for viola and pianoforte (2017)
4 Cantus in Old Tunes [2011 - 2012] for piano (2012)
4 Morceaux for piano (2014)
5 Selections from Shijing (2013/2021) for mixed choir a cappella (SATB) (2021)
Auf Dem Sand Spazieren "Walking On The Sand", for 4 contrabasses (2018)
Das Blau Dach No.1 "The Blue Roof" No.1, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
Das Blau Dach No.2 "The Blue Roof" No.2, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
Das Blau Dach No.3 "The Blue Roof" No.3, for 4 electric guitars (2020)
Das Dünne Pferd (Ⅰ) "The Skinny Horse" Ⅰ [2015/2017], for 4 contrabasses (2017)
Das Dünne Pferd (Ⅱ) "The Skinny Horse" Ⅱ [2017], for 4 electric guitars (doubling electric bass guitars) (2017)
Das Polarisiertes Licht for piano trio (2018)
Das Robuste Licht (Ⅰ) "The Robust Light" Ⅰ [2018], for 4 violas (2018)
Das Robuste Licht (Ⅱ) "The Robust Light" Ⅱ [2018], for 4 contrabasses (2018)
L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅰ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅰ (2019), for violoncello, contrabass, electric guitar and percussion (2019)
L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅱ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅱ (2018), for 4 contrabasses (2018)
L'Epidermide Magnetica (Ⅲ) "The Magnetic Epidermis" Ⅲ (2019), for four large tam-tams (2019)
La Vernice Rossa "The Red Varnish" [2019 - 2020], for 2 contrabasses (2020)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.1 "The Arms of the Forest" No.1, for 4 contrabassi (2018)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.2 "The Arms of the Forest" No.2, for 4 contrabassi (2019)
Le Braccia della Foresta No.3 "The Arms of the Forest" No.3, for 4 contrabassi (2019)
Me Walking By A July Railway (II) for 2 violini (2016)
Mount Qiwu for chamber orchestra (2018)
Slackness and Disappointment In an April Afternoon in 3 movements, for 4 performers: vc., cb., ele. guitar, perc. (2020)
The August Sleepwalker after the eponymous poem by Bei Dao, for two violoncelli and two contrabassi (2022) (2021)
The Balcony Facing West No.1 for 4 violoncelli (2019)
The Balcony Facing West No.2 for 4 violoncelli (2020)
The Balcony Facing West No.3 for 4 violoncelli (2019)
The Dream of a Man in Qi State incidental music for the eponymous video (2016)
The Mockingbird Hidden incidental music for the eponymous video (2017)