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簡碧青

Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello

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Fabian Müller's

Taiwan Rhapsody

Rhapsodic music for cello and orchestra based on some of the most beautiful Folk songs of Taiwan

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„I love Taiwan - and I love the cello...
These beautiful melodies fit so well on the cello - congratulations to Fabian and Pi-Chin!“
Steven Isserlis
(British cellist; one of the most reknowned musicians of our time.)

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The very romantic style of this rhapsodic compositions by Fabian Müller and the beauty of the Folk song melodies have the ability to touch every classical music lover worldwide. 

In this music the composer expresses his impressions of the many travels to Taiwan, a country, which became through his wife Pi-Chin Chien like a second home for him.

In spring 2012, after a succesful Taiwan-premiere of his Double Cello Concerto «Dialogues Cellestes» in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Fabian Müller was inspired to write a Suite of six songs and three Rhapsodies dedicated to his wife, cellist Pi-Chin Chien, and based on the most beautiful Taiwanese Folk songs.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Fabian Müller is very interested in Folk music. On many travels, he deepened his knowledge in this field. 2010 he was a visiting professor at the Taipei National University of Arts with a lecture on the influence of Folk music to art music in Europe.

Fabian Müller's «Taiwan Rhapsody» and the «Six Taiwanese Songs» for cello and orchestra was released on CD by Sony Music Taiwan. The artists on the CD are Pi-Chin Chien, cello - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London - Wen-Pin Chien, conductor.

January 23 and 24, 2015: World premiere of «Taiwan Rhapsody» and the «Six Taiwanese Songs» with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO.

Excerpt of the program-note: „The two works, with strong Taiwanese flavors, are inspired by Taiwanese folk songs such as “Memories”, “DiuDiuDeng” (or “Train through the Tunnel”), and “Longing for the Spring Breeze”.(...) The conductor of this concert, Wen-Pin Chien, is the recipient of Taiwan’s National Award for Arts and now lives in Germany. Both world-known artists living abroad, conductor Wen-Pin Chien and cellist Pi-Chin Chien express their love for their beautiful homeland—Taiwan—through their music.“