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HKBU Choral Ensembles Featured on Edition Peters ˇ§Half Moon Risingˇ¨ CD & Website

19 March 2015

The Cantoria Hong Kong and HKBU Choir are the featured ensembles on the newly published CD and website for the choral anthology ˇ§Half Moon Rising: Choral Music from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.ˇ¨ The 24-piece collection was compiled and edited by HKBU Associate Prof. John Winzenburg and published by Edition Peters in February 2015.

The two choirs from the HKBU Department of Music provided most of the project recordings for worldwide distribution. The Cantoria performed 17 of the 24 tracks, while the BU Choir provided 3 others. Over half of the tracks were recorded during live performances beginning from 2010 to November 2014. The two choirs completed the remaining tracks in studio recordings in December 2014 and January 2015. ˇ§Our Hong Kong vantage point and the Departmentˇ¦s growing strength in performance and research placed our choral ensembles in a unique position to present such a wide variety of Chinese choral works in a timely manner,ˇ¨ says Winzenburg.

Half Moon Rising is the first collection of its kind to be published internationally. While Chinese choral music has developed a rich repertoire over the past century, very few pieces have been available to non-Chinese choirs. The purpose of this anthology is to offer choirs everywhere an accessible introduction to performing Chinese choral music. It includes a representative and contrasting selection of works from the past century in a broad range of styles and dialects. The HKBU ensembles recorded works in Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Jiangsu dialects.

The Half Moon Rising CD and website recordings are intended to facilitate the performance of Chinese-language choral works by conductors and singers everywhere, regardless of background. The book itself includes musical scores transliterated from the original Chinese, along with introductory notes and poetic and literal translations. It also contains a historical introduction and Mandarin Pronunciation Guide. The website adds online support materials, including aural and written pronunciation guides for each piece, along with the recorded excerpts from the CD.

Based in London and Leipzig, Edition Peters is one of the major international music publishers. Over the past two centuries, it has become recognized for its publication of Western vocal and instrumental masterworks. Half Moon Rising represents one of its first efforts in expanding to contemporary music of Asia. ˇ§Edition Peters is very pleased with our participation,ˇ¨ says Winzenburg. ˇ§Our students achieved a high artistic level and are providing great support to choirs everywhere.ˇ¨

The Cantoria Hong Kong and HKBU Choir tracks can be heard on the Half Moon Rising website.



FURTHER READING:


The newly published CD and website for the choral anthology ˇ§Half Moon Rising: Choral Music from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.ˇ¨


The Cantoria Hong Kong and HKBU Choir are the featured ensembles of the anthology.


ˇ§Edition Peters is very pleased with our participation,ˇ¨ says Dr. Winzenburg, the compiler and editor of the anthology. ˇ§Our students achieved a high artistic level and are providing great support to choirs everywhere.ˇ¨

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