Interview with Ge Gan-ru


This interview is with the person rightlycalled China’s first “avant-garde” composer,Ge Gan-ru. The honor is due to his 1983 compositionfor solo cello, Yi Feng (Lost Style), whichgrew out of his in-depth analysis of how Westernand Chinese music differ in their core presumptionsabout pitch, rhythm, timbre, and dynamics.A summary of that analysis is an important featureof this interview. Among other works discussedare his Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! for Voice,self-accompanied by a Toy Orchestra (2006), andhis Fifth String Quartet (2007), titled Fall of Baghdad.Interview with Ge Gan-ru for ICONI, conductedby Dr. Edward Green.

Contemporary Composer

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