dynamic work for strings and percussion portrays
many artful and colorful images of China.
The melody used in both movements is a traditional
folksong from the Shanbei region titled Embroidering
on a Silk Banner with Golden Thread. The
first movement, The Golden Thread,
reflects the embroidery of the thread as the
melody is passed around in solos for violin
and cello. The second movement, Waking
the Dragon, uses mixed meters and energetic
rhythms to imitate a traditional Dragon Dance.