Chou Wen-chung

Its prologue and epilogue exhibit an unparalleled gift for the handling of Chinese thematic materials in terms of the Western orchestra. Its much longer middle section is in a style Chou calls ‘melodic brushwork.’ This is actually not melodic at all; it involves extremely pungent, dramatic, shattering explitation of timbres and rhythms in an atonal, dissonant, athematic matter… As in the case of Schoenberg, an approach to music that seemed violently extreme and intensely personal turns out to have unexpected seminal possibilities. — Alfred Frankenstein, High Fidelity, 1960 (Regarding And the Fallen Petals)




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Definition of Terms by Chou Wen-chung

Chinese terms, musical terms, and quotes found in Chou’s articles and essays.

Writings About Chou Wen-chung

Writings on Varese