He Xuntian

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is 何 (He).
He Xuntian in 2009

He Xuntian (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Hé Xùntián;born in 1952 in Suining, Sichuan) is a distinguished composer, creator of a new musical language and also a music composition professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

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.
In 1981, he established Three Periods Theory and Theory of Musical Dimension;
In 1982, he developed RD Composition (renyilv duiyingfa Composition), the first compositional method of contemporary China;
In 1993, he established the Five Nons (Non-Western, non-Eastern, non-academic, non-folk, and non-non.) ;
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 SS Composition (stream of structure Composition);
In 1997, he put forward 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 Xuntian and The Israel Symphony Orchestra

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]

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]

He is known 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.

Awards[edit]

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

Major works[edit]

Theory[edit]

  • Three Periods Theory 三时说 (1981)[8][9]
  • Theory of Musical Dimension 音乐維度论 (1981) [10]
  • RD Composition RD作曲法 (1982)[2]
  • Five Nons 五非说 (1993)
  • SS Composition 结构流作曲法 (1996)[1]

Poems[edit]

He Xuntian: Passing By the Earth, 1999
(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

source language:
(遭遇新世纪第一缕阳光的所有活着的人都将会在本世纪死去)
如果我走完最后的终点仍然很清醒
你是否猜得出我那无形的手仍然在拨弄你那只消失的琴
如果我推开那座没有被阳光污染还没有被建成的城市之门仍然找不到休息地
你那逝去的脸是否寻得着我那双未出生的眼睛
何训田:《路过地球》, 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]

Chamber Music[edit]

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

Piano Music[edit]

Orchestral Music[edit]

He Xuntian & BBC Philharmonic

Unconventional Instruments[edit]

Preconsciousness Music[edit]

Film Music[edit]

  • Warrior Lanling, film music 兰陵王 (1995)[18]
  • Prince of the Himalaya, film music 喜马拉雅王子 (2006)

Multimedia Music[edit]

Discography[edit]

Passing By the Earth
The manuscript was written by He Xuntian (1999)
  • Yellow Children 黄孩子 (1991)[22]
    • 《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)[23]
    • 《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》Ancient Echo
    • 《美丽的鳯雀部落》Beautiful Phoenix Tribe
    • 《生殖舞》Dance of Reproduction
    • 《兰陵与面具》Lanling and Mask
    • 《黑发舞》Dance of Black Hair
    • 《神树》Divine Tree
    • 《血祭》Blood Sacrifice
    • 《母亲的歌》Mother's Song
  • Voices from the Sky 央金玛 (1997)[24]
  • Paramita 波罗密多 (2002)[25]
    • 《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)[26]
    • 《鹰》The Eagle
    • 《迹》The Sign
    • 《九天乐》Ecstasy with Ninth Heaven
    • 《荒漠》Desert
    • 《孤岛》Isolated Island
    • 《十地火境》Fire in Dasa-bhumi
    • 《十地水境》Water in Dasa-bhumi
    • 《十地魔境》Magic in Dasa-bhumi
    • 《王者夺鼎战》The Battle
  • Seven Days 七日谈 (2006)[27]
    • 《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)[28]
    • 《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
  • Tathagata 如來如去 (2009)[29]
    • 《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
  • Ehe Chant 一訸上歌 (2012)[30]
    • 《一訸上歌》Ehe Chant

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Analysis of Dabo River Caprice". Dissertation of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. March 1984. 
  12. ^ "Scent Dance III". Schott Music. July 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Analysis of Four Dreams Composed by He Xuntian". Dissertation of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Sounds of Nature: He Xuntian's RD Composition". Explorations In Music. January 1989. 
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  18. ^ "Warrior Lanling". china daily. Retrieved 2006-03-15. 
  19. ^ "Singing From Heaven". hangzhou.com.cn. Retrieved October 23, 2002. 
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  25. ^ "Paramita". douban-music. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  26. ^ "The Sigh". douban-music. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  27. ^ "Seven Days". windmusic. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
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