He Xuntian

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is 何 (He).
He Xuntian 何训田

He Xuntian (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Hé Xùntián;born in 1953 in Suining, Sichuan) is a modern Chinese composer,creator of a new musical language and also a music composition professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. [1][2]


He studied music theory by himself from the age of eight and composition followed. In 1982, he graduated from the Composition Department of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

He Xuntian: Whirling Udumbara II
He-drum Percussionist Ehesuma and The Israel Symphony Orchestra

In 1981, he established the Three Periods Theory and the Theory of Musical Dimensions; In 1982, he developed the RD (renyilv duiyingfa) Method of Musical Composition, the first compositional method of contemporary China; In 1995, Sister Drum was launched, making him the first Chinese composer to have his record released worldwide. This album, together with a number of others including Voices from the Sky, was released in more than 80 countries with a total sales volume of several million copies; In 1996, he established the SS (stream of structure) Method of Musical Composition; In1997, he put forward the Theory of Interspace; In 2003, he composed Images in Sound, which was humanity’s first gift of primordial music to all species of the natural world; In 2008, he produced Ehe Chant, the first work of Preconsciousness Music in human history. [3][4] He has received 15 international composition awards, including the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award of the International New Music Composer Competition USA 1989-1990; 13 national composition awards, including the First Prize at the Third All-China Music Competition. [3]

He Xuntian and The Israel Symphony Orchestra

His works have been published globally by a number of international publishing companies, including Warner Music Group and Schott Music; and premiered and performed worldwide by many leading orchestras and ensembles, including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Israel Symphony Orchestra. [5][6][7]

Thousands of national and international news media and academic journals, including the New York Times, the Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, ABC, CNN, NHK etc., have reviewed He’s works, composition techniques and ideas. His theories and works are believed to be “epoch-making” and “You can hardly trace the origin of He’s music in any Western music literature.” As “the most distinctive Chinese composer”, “He Xuntian’s music marks the emergence of China’s own school of music” and according to the New York Times, he “fulfilled the Chinese people’s dream to introduce their music to the world.” His brief biography appears in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. [1][3][8]

He is famous for his compositions done for Dadawa, whose breakthrough was Sister Drum - an international bestseller that sold more than 2 million copies. He has been collecting Tibetan music for twenty years and this has heavily influenced his compositions.


  • International New Music Composer Competition - The Outstanding Musical Achievement Award in USA (1989-1990)
  • The Gold Tripod Award in Taiwan (1995)

Major works[edit]


  • the Three Periods Theory 三时说(1981)[9][10]
  • the Theory of Musical Dimension 音乐維度论(1981)[11]


(Every single living human being who encountered the first ray of light of this new century will pass away this century)
If I should make it to the final destination still clear-minded
could you even guess that my intangible hand would still be strumming your lost lute
If I should push open that sunlight-uncontaminated yet-to-be constructed city gate and still can find no place to rest
do you think that your departed face could ever find my unborn pair of eyes

——何训田《路过地球》, He Xuntian Passing By the Earth 1999
  • Believer 信徒(1993)
  • Paradise Inferno 天堂地狱(1993)
  • Himalayans 喜玛拉雅人(1995)
  • Ballad of Lhasa 拉萨谣(1995)
  • Seven Drums 七只鼓(1995)
  • Ox Cart 牛车(1997)
  • Flown Away 不翼而飞(1997)
  • Flash of Enlightenment 三托历(1997)
  • In the Setting of the Sun 夕阳西下(1997)
  • Already Song 了歌(1998)
  • Fragrant Nirvana Tree 伽南香娑罗树(1999)
  • Passing By the Earth 路过地球(1999)
  • Mystical Scent 神香(2006)

Chinese Orchestra[edit]

  • Dabo River Caprice, Chinese orchestra 达勃河随想曲(1982)

Chamber Music[edit]

He Xuntian: Scent Dance 3
  • Two of the Earthly Branches, string quartet 两个时辰(1983)
  • Phonism I, 10 performers 幻听1(1989)
  • Phonism II, 9 performers 幻听2(1990)
  • FuSe Pattern, 3 performers 拂色图(1997)
  • Scent Dance I, clarinet solo 香之舞1(2009)
  • Scent Dance II, violoncello solo 香之舞2(2010)
  • Scent Dance III, string quartet 香之舞3(2011)
  • Whirling Udumbara II, viola, violoncello and he-drum 优昙波罗旋转舞2(2012)[3]

Piano Music[edit]

  • FuSe Pattern 拂色图(1997)
  • Rupa Dance, piano concerto 色之舞(2009)
  • Scent Dance IV 香之舞4(2012)
  • Whirling Udumbara II 优昙波罗旋转舞2(2012)
  • Whirling Udumbara I 优昙波罗旋转舞1(2013)
  • Whirling Papaver 米囊旋转舞(2014)

Orchestral Music[edit]

Unconventional Instruments[edit]

  • Sounds of Nature, unconventional Instruments, seven performers 天籁(1986)
  • Images in Sound, unconventional Instruments 声音图案(1997-2003)
    • MiLi Pattern 秘厘图
    • FuSe Pattern 拂色图
    • MiYi Pattern 弥泆图
    • FuXiang Pattern 浮香图
    • MiGuo Pattern 密果图
      He Xuntian: Images in Sound 2
    • FuYi Pattern 弗意图
    • MiFu Pattern 靡符图

Preconsciousness Music[edit]

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

  • Warrior Lanling, original motion picture soundtrack 兰陵王(1995)
  • Prince of the Himalaya, original motion picture soundtrack 喜马拉雅王子(2006)

Multimedia Music[edit]

  • The Riddler, musical theatre 迷哥(2001)
  • Lei Feng Sunset, grand music ceremony 音乐大典雷峰夕照(2002)[13]
  • The Sign, Internet game music 神迹(2003)
  • Lingshan Mountain - Ode to Good Fortune, epic musical drama 灵山吉祥颂(2009)
  • Forever Shanghai, the Shanghai Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China 永远的新天地(2010)


  • Yellow Children 黄孩子(1991)[14]
    • 《大海走了》The Sea is Gone
    • 《黄孩子》Yellow Children
    • 《吹箫人》 he Xiao Player
    • 《不相识的父亲》The Unknown Father
    • 《缘》The Fate
    • 《枯水季节》The Dry Season
    • 《这才是你》This is You
    • 《远去的孩子》The Child Going Far Away
  • Sister Drum 阿姐鼓(1995)[15]
    • 《没有阴影的家园》Home without Shadow
    • 《阿姐鼓》Sister Drum
    • 《天唱》Sky-Burial
    • 《笛威辛亢 纽威辛亢》Di Wei Shin Kan, New Wei Shin Kan(《天堂地狱》Paradise Inferno)
    • 《羚羊过山岗》Crossing the Ridge
    • 《卓玛的卓玛》Zhuoma of Zhuomas
    • 《转经》The Turning Scripture
  • Warrior Lanling 兰陵王(1995)
    • 《远古的回声》
    • 《美丽的鳯雀部落》
    • 《生殖舞》
    • 《兰陵与面具》
    • 《黑发舞》
    • 《神树》
    • 《血祭》
    • 《母亲的歌》
  • Paramita 波罗密多(2002)
    • 《云钟》Cloud Bells
    • 《波罗密多》Paramita
    • 《阿耨多罗三藐三菩提》Song of the Enlightenment
    • 《琵琶行》Song of Pipa
    • 《群僧》Monks
    • 《般若心经》Heart Sutra
    • 《尘鼓》Earth Drums
    • 《白蛇舞》Dance of the White Snake
    • 《春歌》Spring Song
    • 《千江月》Moons upon a Thousand River
  • The Sigh 神迹(2003)
    • 《鹰》
    • 《迹》
    • 《九天乐》
    • 《荒漠》
    • 《孤岛》
    • 《十地火境》
    • 《十地水境》
    • 《十地魔境》
    • 《王者夺鼎战》
  • Seven Days 七日谈(2006)
    • 《不翼而飞》Flown Away
    • 《伽南香娑罗树》Fragrant Nirvana Tree
    • 《夕阳西下》In the Setting of the Sun
    • 《了歌》Already Song
    • 《三托历》Flash of Enlightenment
    • 《路过地球》Passing By the Earth
    • 《第七天》The Seventh Day
  • Mystical Scent 神香(2007)
    • 《盛典》Sacred Book
    • 《命运之子》Son of Destiny
    • 《神香》Mystical Scent
    • 《狼婆湖》Wolf-Woman Lake
    • 《藏戏舞》Tibetan Drama Dance
    • 《恋人》Lover
    • 《山歌》Mountain Song
    • 《神香》Mystical Scent
    • 《征途》Journey
    • 《最后的眼泪》The Last Tear
    • 《神香》Mystical Scent
  • Images in Sound 声音图案(2007)
    • 《秘厘图》MiLi Pattern
    • 《拂色图》FuSe Pattern
    • 《弥泆图》MiYi Pattern
    • 《浮香图》FuXiang Pattern
    • 《密果图》MiGuo Pattern
    • 《弗意图》FuYi Pattern
    • 《靡符图》MiFu Pattern
  • Tathāgata 如來如去(2009)[16]
    • 《天外天》The Heaven Outside of Heaven
    • 《达塔伽达》Tathagata
    • 《冥思》Meditation
    • 《虚空之心》The Heart of the Void
    • 《色界》The Realm of Forms
    • 《树有风》The Wind the Trees
    • 《四方之舞》The Dance of the Four Dharmadhatus
    • 《如来如去》Tathagata


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