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P. Q. Phan - Banana Trumpet Games

Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 849   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Pamela DeckerE. Michael RichardsJulieta L. MihaiLeonardo G. Altino,   ... 
Conductor:  William BrooksWilliam Moersch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Samaris Piano TrioUniversity of Illinois Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saigon-born P. Q. Phan is one of a burgeoning generation of Asian-American composers to emerge in the 1990s. While essentially academic in stance, Phan's work consistently reexamines the contrast between his native and adoptive cultures, while subtly questioning his role in the latter. Sometimes the dialectic is purely musical, as in the exuberant title track, where raucous clusters and pitch bends on the pipe organ are used to imitate the sound of the "trumpets" Vietnamese kids make out of banana leaves, or in the percussion piece 'Rock Blood' where the thunder of Japanese ceremonial drumming is evoked. Other pieces have a more philosophical subtext, such as the quartet 'Beyond the Mountains,' which represents a quest for nirvana, or the Read more programmatic 'Unexpected Desire,' where the violin's Vietnamese vocal-style inflections depict a courtesan who falls in love with her client, a situation which the composer slyly suggests may mirror his own in this country. Read less

Works on This Recording

Banana Trumpet Games by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Pamela Decker (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Beyond the Mountains by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  E. Michael Richards (Clarinet), Julieta L. Mihai (Violin), Leonardo G. Altino (Cello),
Kazuko Tanosaki (Piano)
Conductor:  William Brooks
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Rough-Trax by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Debra Richtmeyer (Alto Saxophone), Nancy Ambrose-King (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993/1999; USA 
Unexpected Desire by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Molly Fung (Violin), Bryan Dumm (Cello), Sylvia Wang (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Samaris Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
My Language by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Kazuko Tanosaki (Piano), E. Michael Richards (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Rock Blood by P. Q. Phan
Performer:  Joshua Manchester (Percussion), Stacey Bostwick (Percussion), Teun Fetz (Percussion),
Richard Kurasz (Percussion)
Conductor:  William Moersch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 

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