Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese American Zhou Long premiered his new c
oncerto Classics of Mountains and Seas at the Shanghai Symphony Hall on June 22.上海后花园
The concerto was performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Shui Lan. The composition, whic
上海后花园女神会所h is based on a theme of Chinese mythology, was commissioned by the SSO as part of a series of new creations aim
ed at promoting Chinese culture to international audiences, according to Zhou Ping, head of the symphony.
The premiere of the concerto also marked the completion of the Symphonic Music in China 1949-2019 project which was上海后花园女神会所
jointly launched in 2017 by the SSO and the Shanghai Music Publishing House. The project consists of 70 sy
mphonic works which document the development of symphonic music in China.
上海后花园The collection of music albums and publications will be released in September
, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Born in Beijing in 1953, Zhou Long is known internationally for his works that blend Easte上海后花园
rn and Western music. According to Beijing-based music critic Li Hong, Zhou Long was among the first ge
neration of musicians from China to study abroad after the nation’s opening-up in the 1980s.
上海后花园女神会所Zhou Long’s composition for Madame White Snake, an opera based on Chinese folklor
e, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2011. He was the first Chinese composer to win the prize.
Classics of Mountains and Seas is a compilation of mythical Chinese tales. The classic text da
tes back as early as the 4th century BC, but the surviving form is traced to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220). The上海后花园
book is divided into 18 sections, but instead of following the narrative of the original text, Zhou Long created a con
certo of five movements, each depicting the mountains and landscapes in nort上海后花园女神会所
hern, western, eastern, southern and central China, as well as their distinctive local customs.