Tonal Patterns

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Tonal Patterns
by Xuntian He

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Tonal Patterns( 平仄 ) is a work for symphony orchestra, [1] [2] composed by He Xuntian in 1985. [3] [4]

Symphony extended musical composition

A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written by composers for orchestra. Although the term has had many meanings from its origins in the ancient Greek era, by the late 18th century the word had taken on the meaning common today: a work usually consisting of multiple distinct sections or movements, often four, with the first movement in sonata form. Symphonies are almost always scored for an orchestra consisting of a string section, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments which altogether number about 30 to 100 musicians. Symphonies are notated in a musical score, which contains all the instrument parts. Orchestral musicians play from parts which contain just the notated music for their own instrument. Some symphonies also contain vocal parts.

Orchestra large instrumental ensemble

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music, which mixes instruments from different families, including bowed string instruments such as violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, each grouped in sections. Other instruments such as the piano and celesta may sometimes appear in a fifth keyboard section or may stand alone, as may the concert harp and, for performances of some modern compositions, electronic instruments.

He Xuntian Chinese musician

He Xuntian is a distinguished composer, creator of a new musical language and also a music composition professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.



He Xuntian adopted RD Composition (Renyilv Duiyingfa Composition) in his work Tonal Patterns. [5] [6]

First performance

Tonal Patterns
He Xuntian Symphony Works Concert 1988
30. November 1988, Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing
China National Symphony Orchestra [7]

Beijing Concert Hall

The Beijing Concert Hall is located on the Beixinhuajie in Xicheng District, near the west Chang'an Avenue, on the south of Liubukou.

The China National Symphony Orchestra is China's national orchestra.

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