“Rejuvination” Symphony an Historically Epic Work

PPG Sym4 bow smallSymphony No. 4 (“Rejuvenation”) by Peng-Peng Gong premiered with the Shanghai Philharmonic Oct. 24, 2014. The Chinese National Government commissioned the symphony for the 65th anniversary of modern China. Based on the theme, “The Chinese Dream”, it is the largest classical symphony in Chinese symphonic history to date due to its gigantic emotional scale and epic scope. Divided into two parts and fifteen movements, the work is scored for a 105-piece orchestra with a total duration of 90 minutes. Each movement is an individual portrayal of a certain natural and spiritual element, through which the composer expresses his own interpretation of the Dream. The title “Rejuvenation” has a double meaning of both an ethnic rejuvenation and a revival of classical music tradition as a group of aesthetic principals, he writes, “equally shared by the world and not limited to the West, and that their artistic appeal is eternally modern.”

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China’s Government has also commissioned Gong’s to-be Fifth Symphony for performance in 2015 celebrating the 70th year end of World War II.