Du Wei:
Quintet “And I'm Dumb to Tell...”

Du Wei; © Du Wei © Du Wei Du Wei was born in 1978. She studied composition under professor Guo Wenjing in the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and graduated with the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Composition in 2001 and 2005.

Her works include Niao Qing Si • The Interruption of a Dream for two Chinese Instruments and Orchestra, The Last Gold of Expired Stars for Orchestra, Exotic Perfume for Voice and String Orchestra, Nightmare in the Red Chamber for Voice, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet, Tinge for Voice and three Chinese Instruments, The Colour of Love and Golden Lotus for Contemporary Dance.

In 2003, Tinge was awarded the prize of TMSK Chinese Chamber Folk Music Composition Competition and Niao Qing Si • The Interruption of a Dream took the top honor of “The Young Composer Program” presented by the National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2011.

Her works have been recognized internationally and have been performed by Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of maestro Charles Dutoit, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Kristjan Jarvi, Radio France Orchestra, Royal Danish Ballet Orchestra, NCPA Orchestra of China, National Ballet of China, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Ensemble Dialog, Huaxia Chinese Ensemble.

She also composed the score to several films and TV dramas, including “The Warrior And The Wolf ” from Tian Zhuangzhuang, “Left & Right” from Wang Xiaoshuai and “A Dream of Red Mansions” from Li Shaohong.

Quintet “And I'm Dumb to Tell...” for Flute, Clarinet (+ Bass Clarinet), Violin, Cello and Piano

Du Wei, And I'm Dumb to Tell...; © Du Wei © Du Wei “The title is taken from Dylan Thomas’ poem “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, which inspired me not only with its unique musicality in structure, but with the strikingly powerful images it delivers. I take inspiration from literary works for my compositions most of the time. Quite often, a line or a stanza from an imagery-laden poem can generate strong echoes in my heart. What attracts me the most to Dylan Thomas’ “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” is the line, “I am dumb to tell…”. The ‘contradictory’ motif winds its way through the five stanzas, as the imagery and rhythm continues to build. When I reach the part, “The lips of time leech to the fountain head / How time has ticked a heaven round the star,” I hear the climax of the quintet – wintry fever.”