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David Mingyue Liang

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David Mingyue Liang (born in 1941, in Beijing) is a Chinese-American composer. He is familiar to many by virtue of his two pieces (“Music of a Thousand Springs” and “Zen (Ch’an) of Water”) included on an album featuring Terry Riley’s “In C”. Liang Mingyue is also an ethnomusicologist and performer of Chinese musical instruments. He is among the foremost artists and authorities of the qin. Having received his B.A. in composition from the University of Hawaii, he obtained a Ph.D. (with honors in ethnomusicology) from the University of California Los Angeles. At UCLA, Liang Mingyue studied composition with Roy Harris, Henry Lazarof, and John Vincent, and won the Atwater Kent contemporary music composition prize twice.

Among Liang’s compositions are:

Floating Clouds, Phantasie, and Shen-Yu (1971, commisioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Association)

Music of a Thousand Springs (won 1987 Chung Shan Literary and Art Award)

Zen (Ch’an) of Water

Paul Horn’s China (featured Horn and Liang as composers and performers)

The album Dialogue with the Ocean (1986, won Golden Cup Award in Taiwan)

The album Dream of the Butterfly (1987, won Taiwan’s 1988 National Literature and Art Award)

Musical scores for plays:
The Great Cultural Revolution (1979)
The Windigo (1980)
Gone the Burning Sun (1993)

Music for films:
A Great Wall
Cities in China series, 1981 Blue Ribbon Award winner

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