The Four Dragons: A Chinese Tale (2005)

Programme cover for the world premiere concert

"The Four Dragons: A Chinese Tale" has the subtitle "Or how the rivers came to be". The work retells one traditional Chinese story depicting the origin of the four great rivers of China. The story is told in five parts, read by a narrator (in either Mandarin or English), before each of the five movements of the work.

Premiere

25th January 2006, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Rhydian Griffiths played the solo trumpet part, and narration was in Mandarin and English.

Duration

17 minutes

Instrumentation

4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones, tuba, percussion (2 players), narrator