Dance of the Golden Snake (Nie, Er)



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Publisher. Info. China(?): Unknown publisher, n.d.
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General Information

Work Title 金蛇狂舞
Alternative. Title Dance of the Golden Snake
Composer Nie, Er
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEN 1
Key D Shang Pentatone (D五声商调式)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1934
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation chinese orchestra

Navigation etc.

  • It is not possible to tell from the notation what instrument this was for.
  • According to Wikipedia this was "arranged from the last fast section of the Jiangnan sizhu piece "Yang Ba Qu" 阳八曲 (Yáng Bā Qǔ, "Yang Eight Tune"), also called Fan Wang Gong 梵王宫 (Fàn Wáng Gōng, "Fa as Mi") or 梵皇宫 (Fàn Huáng Gōng)".

This piece was written by Nier Er for the Bai Dai Orchestra composed of Chinese traditional instruments which he set up and directed, but his original orchestration was not included in the Nie Er quanji (聂耳全集, collected works of Nie Er, 1985?) for seeming "weak and limited" by modern standards, so a re-orchestration was included instead (source: Liu Jingzhi, A Critical History of New Music in China). It has been re-orchestrated by Gu Guanren (b.1942) and more recently by Tang Jianping (b.1955). It is therefore very difficult to figure out what material is authentic, if the original orchestration survives at all.