Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Beautiful Fresh Flower

composer
Chinese melody
arranger
1935

 
The year 1935 saw Grainger’s arrangement of an authentic Chinese tune that he had read about in A Theory of Evolving Tonality (1932) by the American musicologist, composer, organist and conductor, Joseph Yasser (1893–1981). It contained examples of tunes and authentic ways of harmonizing them. Grainger took the tune Beautiful Fresh Flower and harmonized it in the Kung Scale of the pentatonic series which Yasser provided in his book. The same melody, referring as it does to the jasmine, was also used by Puccini in Turandot.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002

En 1935, Grainger arrange un authentique air chinois qu’il a découvert dans A Theory of Evolving Tonality («Théorie de la tonalité évolutive», 1932) du musicologue, compositeur, organiste et chef d’orchestre américain Joseph Yasser (1893–1981). Cet ouvrage contient des exemples de mélodies et de manières de les harmoniser de façon authentique. Grainger choisit l’air Beautiful Fresh Flower («Belle fleur fraîche») et l’harmonise selon la gamme Kung de la série pentatonique présentée par Yasser dans son livre. Cette même mélodie, évoquant le jasmin, a par ailleurs été utilisée par Puccini dans Turandot.

extrait des notes rédigées par Barry Peter Ould © 2002
Français: Josée Bégaud

Im Jahr 1935 arrangierte Grainger eine authentische chinesische Melodie, über die er in dem Buch A Theory of Evolving Tonality (1932) von dem amerikanischen Musikwissenschaftler, Komponisten, Organisten und Dirigenten Joseph Yasser (1893–1981) gelesen hatte. Es enthielt Beispielmelodien sowie authentische Anweisungen, wie diese zu harmonisieren seien. Grainger entschied sich für die Melodie Beautiful Fresh Flower und harmonisierte sie in der Kung Tonleiter aus den pentatonischen Reihen, die Yasser in seinem Buch aufgeführt hatte. Puccini verwendete dieselbe Melodie, die sich auf Jasmin bezieht, in seiner Oper Turandot.

aus dem Begleittext von Barry Peter Ould © 2002
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Grainger: Rambles and Reflections
CDH55454Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 10 on CDH55454 [1'48] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55454 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-27910
Duration
1'48
Recording date
9 April 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Grainger: Rambles and Reflections (CDA67279)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: June 2002
    Deletion date: March 2011
    Superseded by CDH55454
  2. Grainger: Rambles and Reflections (CDH55454)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Search

There are no matching records. Please try again.