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Du Wei

19/06/2017
Du Wei Signs With Edition Peters
We are excited to welcome Chinese composer Du Wei as she signs with Edition Peters, with the publication of the following three works:

Niao Qing Si – The Interrupted Dream
(2011) 14’
for two Chinese instruments and orchestra
EP 73100

Seven Nights (2015) 10’
for orchestra
EP 73101

The Color of Love
(2006) 32’
ballet suite
EP 73099


A recent Composer-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Du Wei is a composer whose music is steeped in Chinese culture. Her work Niao Qing Si - The Interrupted Dream marries two traditional Chinese instruments with orchestra and was awarded the top honour at the 2011 Young Composer Programme organised by the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing.

Seven Nights, written for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra whilst under their Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Composer-in-Residence programme, takes its title from the book of the same name by Jorge Luis Borges. His words ‘The nightmare may be the fable of the night’ particularly struck Du Wei whilst writing the piece and this text colours the atmosphere of a sound world which further characterises Borges’ fantasy, humour and wisdom.

The imagery, hue and rhythm presented in poetry and literature is a primary inspiration for Du Wei, and her ability to transform these elements into her musical language is clearly evident.

The Color of Love was premiered by the Royal Danish Ballet with choreographer Yuan Yuan Wang, with Wang’s bold choreography reflected by a musical score conveying a narrative of a passionate, but turbulent, relationship.

Du Wei has won numerous awards in China and her compositions have been performed all over the world by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit, MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Jarvi, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra of the Royal Danish Ballet, the Nieuw Ensemble (The Netherlands), TIMF Ensemble (Korea) and Ensemble Dialog (Switzerland).
For further information and enquiries, contact the New Music team: newmusic@editionpeters.com
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