Memory by Chen Yi

This piece was written in memory of Professor Lin Yaoji, who was a mentor of Chen Yi’s. It was premiered by Chen Xi in 2010 at the 1st annual Prof. Lin Yaoji memorial concert in Beijing.

Chen Yi writes: “Dear Professor Lin: I wish you could hear the tune in my ‘Memory’, which sounds like my painful cry out of your name in our Cantonese dialect. I expressed my deep sorrow in the music, to remember your fatherly mentorship. Your meaningful smile will always be with us encouragingly.”

Dr. Chen Yi is the Lorena Searcy Cravens/ Millsap/ Missouri Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Misouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Explore her music here: