Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Svetoslav Stoyanov

Second Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper

Third Committee Member

Brian Powell

Fourth Committee Member

Scott Stinson


Chen Yi is a leading female contemporary composer who has won many honors and awards worldwide, and has cooperated with major symphonies and musicians. The Percussion Concerto was commissioned by Evelyn Glennie and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1988. The purpose of this essay is to provide a theoretical and aesthetic analysis, and the influences of Eastern and Western music in Chen Yi’s Percussion Concerto. This essay will examine Chen Yi’s musical integration of her educational and living experience in her composition. Additionally, the author will discuss the cultural influences, structural and harmonic analysis, Chen Yi’s use of Chinese poetry, and the concept of Beijing opera in the Percussion Concerto. Suggested instrumental choices and percussion set-up diagram will also be included in this essay.


Percussion; Concerto; Chinese music; Chen Yi; Evelyn Glennie