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Zhu Jian'er (Chinese: 朱践耳; pinyin: Zhū Jiàn'ěr; October 18, 1922 – August 15, 2017) was a Chinese symphonic composer and songwriter.
Zhu was born in Tianjin and brought up in Shanghai, China. He began composing in 1940 and pursued composition studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1955. He was a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory. He composed for both Western and Chinese instruments and his works have been performed around the world. In 2000 he was commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project to compose Silk Road Reverie.
His 1950 revolutionary work Days of Emancipation (翻身的日子, Fānshēn de Rìzi; for banhu and Chinese orchestra) is well known in the West from its appearance on the 1981 CBS Masterworks compilation Phases of the Moon: Traditional Chinese Music.
Zhu died on August 15, 2017 in Shanghai.
List of major works
- 节日序曲(Festival Overture), Op.10(1958)
- Symphony-Cantata:英雄的诗篇(Poems of heroes), Op.14(Original:1959 - 1960; First Edit:1964; Second Edit:1993)
- Ballet Music:南海长城(Great Wall beside the South China Sea)(1965)
- 怀念(In Memoriam), for Strings, Op.18(1978 - 1988)
- 交响幻想曲:纪念为真理献身的勇士(Symphonic Fantasia:a Commemoration to the Brave sacrificed for verity), Op.21(1980)
- 交响组曲:黔岭素描(Symphonic Suites:Sketches of Mount.Qian), Op.23(1982)
- 蝴蝶泉组曲:二胡与管弦乐队(Suite for Erhu and Orchestra:Butterfly Spring), Op.24(1983)
- 交响音诗:纳西一奇(Symphonic Poem:Wonders of Na'xi), Op.25(1984)
- 交响诗:百年沧桑(Symphonic Poem:Vicissitude of a century)
- Symphony No.1
- Symphony No.2
- Symphony No.3,"Tibet"
- Symphony No.4,"6.4.2-1", for Dizi and Orchestra
- Symphony No.5, for China Drum and Orchestra
- Symphony No.6,"3Y", for Tapes and Orchestra
- Symphony No.7,"天籟、地籟、人籟(Sounds of paradise, earth and mankind)"
- Symphony No.8,"求索(Seek and Quest)", for 16 percussions and a Cello
- Symphony No.9, for Boy Choir and Orchestra
- Symphony No.10,"江雪(Snow on river)", for Guqin(Tape), Chantrt(Tape) and Orchestra
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