Balancing nature's symphony 2011-08-03 11:11 十分教育网

Wang Yi has retained a deep love for music and nature despite his busy work at a Chinese bank. Courtesy of Wang Yi

Despite the late hour, Wang Yi drapes a coat around his shoulders and reaches for the voice recorder that is never far from his side. This career banker and passionate composer softly croons a tune as it comes to mind, conscious that it could be the beginning of a new musical ode to his homeland.

Wang, whose composition, Praises of China, toured Vienna in January, does not deal in staves and is not a master of any musical instrument. Instead, he calls himself a "primitive composer".

Describing his musical methods, Wang, vice-governor of China Development Bank, refers to the people of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), who left no formal record of their music other than the lyrics and the sounds of their instruments, like carillon made of bronze. His is a modern adaptation. Wang records his voice on the computer and pieces together the rhythm to form each section.
Wang's recent work was part of a concert organized by the China Record Company and China Central Television (CCTV) and held at the Golden Hall of Musikverein, in Vienna. Shao En, chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of China, took the baton to lead the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra.

Wang, from Yunnan province, is a former history major from Peking University and holds a PhD in economics from the Southwest University of Finance and Economics. He has worked for the bank for a decade.

His impressive resume shows nothing to reveal his musical abilities. Yet Wang is a symphony enthusiast, devoted to creating exciting movements for his beloved country.

Premiering in December by the National Symphony Orchestra of China in Beijing, the theme of his four-movement symphony is the Chinese people's pursuit of their dreams.

"Praises of China is natural composing for me," the 53-year-old says. In 2002, he traveled to Qinghai province where "the mountains and blue skies could almost be touched". Wang had an impulse to free his voice and yelled constantly with echoes running back. For him, the yelling itself was a kind of melody.

"I give primary importance to these gorgeous landscapes. To those who make music as art in the face of commercial culture, who turn their imaginations over to populism and their intelligence to conformity, I say, bravo!"