Shen, Nalin

Meng Yuan 朦塬 for piano trio and guzheng (2014)

Meng Yuan 朦塬 for piano trio (2016)

Composer Notes

Meng Yuan

Meng Yuan was commissioned by Jack Body in 2012. The original work was composed for zheng, violin, cello & piano in 2014 and premiered on 17 December 2015 in a special concert “Body Music 2015 – Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference” at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in China. The second version for piano trio alone was arranged for, and is dedicated to, NZTrio as part of a compositional project at the Conservatory in January the following year.

Jack’s words: “The title of the piece, ‘Meng Yuan’, suggests a faraway place, near the end of the earth, in my memory, a place of legend. When I listen to Zandanhuen (乌仁娜) ‘Yanzaganzootoisaaralmori’, I felt that this is where the story comes from.”

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