Ming Wang's Kinderuniversum (‘A Child's Universe’) is a strikingly novel and versatile set of ensemble pieces intended to introduce young instrumentalists of beginner–intermediate level to the world of contemporary music. Immediately accessible in style, attractive, tuneful and rhythmically uncomplicated, the twelve pieces are divided into four groups — one each for winds, guitars, and strings, all with percussion ad lib., together with a final group for all the instruments combined. Though each group is conceived as a unity, the pieces can be played in any order, or even performed individually. The number of musicians playing each instrumental line can vary, provided that a suitable balance within the ensemble is maintained. If a particular instrument is unavailable, another of similar compass and timbre may be substituted (versions of the parts in C are provided where a non-transposing instrument is used). Included with the score is a CD containing the parts (PDF format), which may be printed out as necessary. Imbued with a playful and childlike spirit, Kinderuniversum is an exciting new addition to the contemporary musical repertoire for young players.
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