Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like.
The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

This week I'm covering a composer with a past, future and present. I just love people that have a story! Chou Wen-chung has many stories to tell.

Chou Wen-chung was Born in China’s Shandong Province only a decade after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Chou grew up during a period of social and political transformation in which traditional Eastern and contemporary Western culture briefly co-existed. Chou arrived in the United States on a fellowship to study architecture at Yale. He dropped out before completing a semester. He knew his true calling was music. After briefly studying in Boston with Nicolas Slonimsky, he then moved to New York City where he met Edgard Varèse. After only a couple of lessons with the legendary French-American iconoclast in his Greenwich Village home, Chou became his assistant, helping to turn Varèse’s byzantine sketches into decipherable and performable musical scores; that home would later be the place where Chou Wen-chung and his wife have lived for decades.

Pien was composed awhile ago, but is still interesting to me. 


Masshole Mommy said...

Very cool. I've never heard of him before, so thanks for sharing.

Eat To Live said...

I haven't ever heard him either. I love his story about first hearing music.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I haven't heard of him either but I am glad you introduced him to us!

mail4rosey said...

These are both interesting. I like that the sound is unique, stopping and starting with different sounds.

Theresa Mahoney said...

You always introduce us to such cool things! Thanks for sharing this one!


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