Cutetudes

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Julian Yu composed 20 short classically-related, humorous pieces, commissioned by pianist Ke Lin, calling them "Cutetudes"' (‘cute’ + ‘études’).

As well as "Cutetudes" this CD includes two excerpts from Julian Yu's oriental version of Picture at an Exhibition and others.This is a collection of short pieces, full of creativity and humour, is inspired by a dedicated study and exploration of classical composers and their compositions ... from Europe, China and Japan.

Both the music and the title reflect the blending of language and culture through music. The English word “cute” – meaning attractive, especially in a dainty way was blended with the French word “etude” meaning study. These “cute-etudes” were first intended as ten short pieces composed for Ke Lin’s daughter as inspirations for a beginning musician. Twenty compositions and 5 other tracks later, with Ke Lin on piano and through Julian Yu’s brilliance and enthusiasm - CUTETUDES and other piano works was born!

Julian Yu’s notes on each piece are whimsical, yet full of his broad knowledge and depth of composition.

Twenty “tongue-in-cheek” CUTETUDES start the CD, with five additional treatments that struck both Julian Yu’s and Ke Lin’s fancy.

Impromptu is a highly sophisticated work first improvised by Julian Yu in 1981. The base of this piece has been used by Julian again and again in his many compositions.

Pictures at an Exhibition arranged for piano by Julian Yu, is quite unique with its Chinese-style embellishments and imitations of Chinese zither sounds.

Artist

Ke Lin

Ke Lin was born in Shanghai and started learning the piano at age 3. However, his interest in playing piano only began at age 12 after hearing a recording of Chopin’s ‘Fantaisie Impromptu’.


Track Listing

    Cutetudes Julian Yu

  1. Condensed Prelude :01
  2. Two Swans Under Two Moons 2:38
  3. Compound Tragedy 2:32
  4. A Phone Call To Mozart :38
  5. What for Elise? 2:26
  6. Finished Symphony 1:19
  7. Czemissimo 1:06
  8. Why are Butterflies Sad? 1:48
  9. Folk Tune on Bach :45
  10. Interrupted Symphony 1:26
  11. Dovetailed Interlude 1:04
  12. Oriental Canon 2:49
  13. On Wings of Stars 1:11
  14. Harmonic Phrases at an Exhibition 3:12
  15. God Save Hanon :43
  16. Hanonica :46
  17. Paganini and the Hundred Birds 1:11
  18. Rondo alla Twinka 1:15
  19. Caterpoint 2:14
  20. To Comrade Shotakovich 2:14
  21. Impromptu Julian Yu 3:37
  22. China Rhapsody Julian Yu 10:09
  23. The Happy Couple Returns Home Julian Yu 3:32
  24. Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky Arr: Julian Yu

  25. Promenade 1:52
  26. The Great Gate 6:23
  27. Music for Symphony Orchestra Yasushi Akutagawa Arr: Julian Yu 5:08

Performers

Composers

Julian Yu

The multi-award winning Australian composer Julian Yu employs a musical language imbued with a high degree of elegance and expressiveness, which are both enhanced by an impeccable craft and special attention to detail.

Julian Yu

The multi-award winning Australian composer Julian Yu employs a musical language imbued with a high degree of elegance and expressiveness, which are both enhanced by an impeccable craft and special attention to detail.

Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.


Where to buy

Cutetudes can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
61 minutes 59 seconds
Release date
November 2017
Copyright
© 2017 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 2017 Move Records
Category
Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3419
Alternate catalogue number
MD3419
Barcode
EAN 9314574341928