Yang, Liqing, Chinese composer and writer on music; b. Sichuan, April 30, 1942. After taking degrees at the Shenyang Cons, of Music (B.A., 1970) and Shanghai Cons, of Music (M.A., 1980), he pursued postgraduate studies with Kurt Bauer (piano diploma, 1983) and Alfredo Koerppen (Ph.D. in composition, 1983) at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik. He was an asst. prof, of composition at Shenyang Cons. (1970-78); then was a lecturer (1983-86), assoc. prof. (1986-90), and prof, (from 1991) at the Shanghai Cons., where he also served as dean of its composition and conducting dept. (from 1991). In 1990 he was a guest prof, at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Yang has spoken throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on new music in China; in 1995 he conducted research in the U.S. on a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. His articles on such wide-ranging topics as new notation, neoromanticism, Charles Ivés, and postmodernism have appeared in various Chinese publications; he also publ. The Compositional Techniques of Olivier Messiaen (1989).
dramatic: The Night of a Festival for Dancer and Small Orch. (1973); The Seedling for Dancer and Small Orch. (1973); Mister O, incidental music (1977); The Monument without Inscription, dance/drama for Chorus and Orch. (1989; in collaboration with Lu Pei); Red Cherry, film music for Soprano, Liu Qin, Zhong Ran, and Orch. (1995). ORCH.: Set Sail, concerto for Piano and Chinese Orch. (1975); Festival by Hailan River, rondo (1978); Yi (1982-83); Suicide by the Wujiang River for Pipa and Orch. (1986); Festival Overture (1987); Ode to Apollo (1991); Elegy—Jian He Shui for Erhu and Chinese Orch. (1991; also for Erhu and Traditional Orch., 1995); Two Folksongs for Piano and Orch. (1993; also for Violin and Orch.); The Chess Game for Shun, Pipa, and Orch. (1994); Concerto for Zheng for Zheng and Orch. (1995); Costs of Peace (1995). CHAMBER: Violin Concerto for Violin and Piano (1970); Chamber Music for Ten for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Strings (1982-83). KEYBOARD: Piano: Two Preludes (1962); Nine Pieces on the Shanxi Folksongs (1962-63); Sonatina (1964); Mountain Song & Work Song for Piano, 4-Hands (1980). VOCAL: Dujuan Mountain Suite for Soprano, Baritone, Piano, Jinghu, Erhu, and Percussion (1974); The Sun, ballet music for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1976); Four Poems from Tang-Dynasty for Mezzo-soprano, Piano, and 2 Percussion (1981); Three FG. Lorca Songs for Mezzo-soprano, Flute, Cello, and Piano (1982); The Story About the Birth ofTao for Chorus, to a text by Brecht (1982); Prelude, Interludes, and Postlude for Chorus and Orch. (1990).
— Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn /Dennis McIntire