Celebrate the rich history of the home where The Philadelphia Orchestra first made its sound famous—the glorious “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street.”
Composer Vivian Fung gives us some insight into her musical world.
In her words:
“I created this playlist and included both composers and performers that have inspired me. This is not an exhaustive list, just a cross section of tracks I found on Spotify!
“Composers: Violet Archer was my first composition teacher in Edmonton, Canada; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Chen Yi were guests at Juilliard while I was a student and made an impression; I attended the Canadian Opera Company’s performance of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin and was blown away by the sound world of that opera; Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 4 is a masterpiece and inspired many pieces of mine.
“Performers: I just finished a trumpet concerto for the amazing trumpet player Mary Bowden; violinist Kristin Lee has inspired (and premiered) at least three works of mine; Barbara Hannigan and her performance of Alma Mahler’s songs are so exquisite (Barbara is also an inspiration); Cudamani is a wonderful gamelan collective that I studied with while in Bali many years ago and they are astounding; and finally, the folk singers from Yunnan have inspired some works of mine, including my Clarinet Quintet and my Yunnan Folk Songs.”
Stream Vivian’s Spotify playlist HERE.
Inspirations: Vivian Fung
Alma Mahler: Fünf Lieder: “Ich wandle unter Blumen,” performed by Barbara Hannigan
Kaija Saariaho: L’Amour de loin: First Act, Second Scene. Le Pѐlerin: “Peut-être bien qu’elle n’existe pas”
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra): First movement
Chen Yi: Sparkle, performed by Claire Heldrich
Vivian Fung: Violin Concerto from Dreamscapes, performed by Kristin Lee
Germaine Tailleferre: Rêverie, performed by the Kassia Ensemble and Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Sarah Kirkland Snider: Chrysalis, performed by the Kassia Ensemble and Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Charles Ives: Symphony No. 4: II. Comedy (Allegretto)
Violet Archer: Four Duets for Violin and Cello: No. 2, Restless
Cudamani: “What Really Happens at Rehearsal,” from Bamboo to Bronze
Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance”
Zuolimei (performer): “Wuyin shange” (Wuyin mountain song), from Baishibai: Songs of the Minority Nationalities of Yunnan
Bai Xiuzhen and Xiang Youfen (performers): “Wushanqiang” (Wushan melody), from Baishibai: Songs of the Minority Nationalities of Yunnan