Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Chen Yi
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Theodore Presser Company
Edition:   312-41837
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Peter Schleif
Winona Senior High School 2005
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

In “Written on a Rainy Night” we find another piece inspired by a specific type of folk song, but entirely newly composed. Chen Yi has proven to be one of the most innovative and sensitive composers of this era, and this piece, from her “Tang Poems” (originally written for Chanticleer) is no exception. It contains highly complex polyrhythms layered upon each other, giving the work a feeling of nostalgia. The poem concerns a man writing to his wife on a rainy night, wishing that they were together to talk about the storm. The very helpful pronunciation guide makes this a great piece for those looking for a challenge.