Gary Nash

Gary Nash

Composer, Educator, Arranger, Clarinetist

Sheet Music

Mu Gua (The Quince)

Alternative title The Quince
ComposerGary Nash
Lyricist Confucius
Translator Gan Li
PublisherGary Nash
Genre Classical / Song
Instrumentation Piano, Soprano
Scored forDuo
Type of scorePiano-vocal score
Key G major
Duration 1'30"
Difficulty Advanced
Year of composition 1999
Gary Powell Nash first became interested in composing music for texts in Mandarin Chinese in 1994, after meeting a classmate who was a People’s Republic of China national and a lyric soprano. When he composed his first setting of a Mandarin Chinese poem in 1995, he did it by listening to the poet recite the poem in Chinese, writing a melody derived from that same recitation and then composing the rest of the music around that melody.

In 1999, Nash discovered a few ancient Chinese poems that he also wanted to compose musical settings for, using this same process. By this time, Nash had become somewhat fluent in Mandarin Chinese, as well more comfortable in working with Chinese texts to where he could incorporate more American music, as well has his own style and still remain sensitive to the Chinese language. Mu Gua (The Quince) embodies all of those concepts. Composed in a G major modality, Mu Gua, a medium-slow tempo, 1 and ½ minute strophic song, uses rhythms, harmonies and harmonic progressions that fuse Chinese, American popular and Western Classical music.

Upload date 08 Aug 2013

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