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The Dream of a Man in Qi State

incidental music for the eponymous video

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Specifications
Region
Asia
Estimated Duration
11 - 15min
Date
2016

ISMN : 979-0-2325-5115-9

Notes on this piece
This piece, scored for an ensemble of four contrabasses, was the output of Zhiye Peng’s collaboration with visual artist Yunyun Wu (吴芸芸) on her video “杞人梦” (literally “The Dream of a Man in Qi State”). 
 
Qi (杞) was a small state in ancient China that existed from the beginning of Shang Dynasty (16th century BCE) until the beginning of the Warring States period, c.445 BCE. 
 
The title of the video is from an old Chinese idiom “杞人忧天”, which tells of a man in Qi often needlessly anxious about impossible or inconse- quential matters. Once he began to fear that the sky would fall and crash on his head. He became so anxious that he could neither eat nor sleep.
 
The scenario sketched by Yunyun Wu divided the video into six episodes, which correspond with the score:
 
I. White
II. Light Grey
III. Medium Grey
IV. Black
V. Grey
VI. White
Instrumentation
Double bass (4)
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 20


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