Huang, Ruo

Stage works
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Vocal music
Multi-media works
Chamber music
Solo works


STAGE WORKS

Resonant Theatre No. 2: Woven (2017)
for thirteen musicians and audience
fl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 25’

Resonant Theatre No. 1: The Sonic Great Wall (2016)  
for thirteen musicians and audience   
fl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 35’

Paradise interrupted (2015)  
Installation opera in one act   
Libretto (Chinese): Ji Cao, Jennifer Wen Ma, Huang Ruo, Qian Yi
Female Kunqu opera voice, bass-baritone, baritone, tenor, counter-tenor, 
1.version: ensemble of 11 musicians plus 3 Chinese instrumentalists
ob., cl., bsn., trp., trmb., perc., vln., vla., vlc., db., dizi, pipa, sheng
2. version: chamber orchestra of 35 musicians 
ob., cl., bsn., trp., trmb., perc., str., dizi, pipa, sheng
World premiere: Spoleto Festival USA, 2015
Duration: 80’ (without intermission)

An American soldier (2014)
Opera in one act   
libretto: David Henry Hwang
Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, bass-baritone, bass
1. version: chamber orchestra of 13 musicians 
 fl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., perc., str 
2. version: chamber orchestra of 35 musicians
2fl., 2ob., 2cl., 2bsn., 2hrn., 2trp., 2trmb., perc., str
World premiere: Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative, 2014
Duration: 65’ (without intermission)

Bound (2014) 
Opera in one act 
Libretto: Bao-Long Chu
1. version: ensemble of 6 musicians with one Vietnamese instrumentalist
fl., cl., trmb., pf., vl., vlc., Dan Bau, Dan Tranh
2. version: chamber orchestra of 13 musicians 
vl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., st., Dan Bau, Dan Tranh
3. version: chamber orchestra of 36 musicians 
2fl., 2ob., 2cl., 2bsn., 2trp., 2hrn., 2trmb., str., Dan Bau, Dan Tranh
World premiere: Huston Grand Opera, 2014
Duration: 60’ (without intermission)

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (2011)
Opera in three acts
Libretto (Chinese): Candace Mui-Ngam Chong
Tenor, 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, baritone, bass-baritone, chorus
chamber orchestra of 45 musicians and 3 Chinese instrumental musicians:
2fl., 2ob., 2cl., 2bsn., 2trp., 2hrn., 2trb., tba., 2perc., str., dizi, pipa, sheng, etc.
World premiere: Opera Hong Kong, 2011 (Chinese orchestra version)
Santa Fe Opera, 2014 (Western orchestra version with 3 Chinese instrumental musicians)
Duration: 120’ (with 1 intermission)

Drama IV: To the four corners (2005)
for five staged musicians
fl., cl., perc., vl., vla. 
Duration: 25’



ORCHESTRA WORKS

Becoming Another (2015)
for symphonic orchestra
1. version: for large orchestra
3.3.3.3 - 3.3.3.1 - 2perc - strings
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc. str. 
Duration: 15’

Unscrolled (2015)
1. version: concerto for solo piano and orchestra
solo-pf., 3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc., str.
2. version: concerto for solo piano and chamber orchestra
solo-pf., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc., str.
Duration: 25’

Love song from Kang Ding (2012)
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
Duration: 4’

Flower drum song from Feng Yang (2012)
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
Duration: 4’

Folk songs for orchestra (2012)
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
Duration: 12’

The girl from the da ban city (2012)
1. version: for large orchestra
3fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc. str.
Duration: 4’

Still / Motion (2009)
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 2 perc., str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra     
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc., str.  
Duration: 12’

Hanging cliffs (2008)     
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba, 2 perc., str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra     
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba., 2 perc., str.
Duration: 13’

Sounds ever slow… (2008)
for soprano and string orchestra
sop., str.
Duration: 7’

The color yellow (2007)
1. version: concerto for solo sheng and orchestra
solo sheng, fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn., tpt., trb., 2 perc., pf., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
2. version: concerto for sheng and chamber orchestra
solo sheng, 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., 2 perc., pf., str.
Duration: 20’

Path of echoes.
Symphony no. 1 (2006)    
1. version: for large orchestra
3 fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 3 bsn., 3 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., 2 perc., str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., 2 perc., str.
Duration: 20’

Shattered steps (2006)
for large orchestra
3fl., 3 ob., 3 cl., 2 bsn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 2 trb., btrb., tba., 3 perc., str.
Duration: 12’

Confluences (2005)
1. version: concerto for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., perc., pf., hrp., str.
2. version: concerto for chamber orchestra and kinetic painting
live visual painting and fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., tpt., trb., hrp., perc., string orchestra
Duration: 16’

Curve of the shadow (2005)
Double concerto for sheng and zheng and chamber orchestra
sheng and zheng, fl., ob., cl, mand., guit., hrp., perc., pf. str.
Duration: 15’

Souvenir du Louvre (2005)
Arrangement
from Ravel’s pianoforte work  
for string orchestra
str.
Duration: 7’

Leaving Sao (2004)
1. version: for string orchestra
2. version: for soprano or Chinese folk-voice and chamber orchestra
sop./Chinese folk-voc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., perc., str.
Duration: 11’

Omnipresence (2003)
1. version: concerto for violin, off-stage ensemble and orchestra
solo vl., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., tba, 4 perc., hrp., str.
off-stage ensemble: fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn., tpt., trb.
2. version: concerto for violin, off-stage ensemble and chamber orchestra
solo-vl., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., hn., tpt., trb., 4 perc., hrp., str
off-stage ensemble: fl., ob., cl., bsn.
3. version: concerto for solo violin and orchestra
solo-vl., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bsn., hn., tpt., trb., 2 perc., hrp., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 33’

Confluence (2002)
Concerto for soloists and string orchestra
fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., tpt., trb., pf., hrp., perc., str.
Duration: 16’

The lost garden (2001)
Concerto for soloists and string orchestra
fl., cl., pf., perc. str.
Duration: 18’

Announcement (2000)
for large orchestra
picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bcl., 2 bsn., contra-bsn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba, 4 perc., str.
Duration: 10’

Yueh fei (2000)
Concerto for soloists and string orchestra
fl., cl., pf., perc., str.
Duration: 19’

Two pieces for orchestra (1998-2000)
1. version: for large orchestra
picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bcl., 2 bsn., db.sn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 4 perc., str.
2. version: for chamber orchestra
picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bcl., 2 bsn., db.sn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 4 perc., str.   
Duration: 12’

Three pieces for orchestra (1998-2000)
for large orchestra
picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bcl., 2 bsn., db.sn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 4 perc., pf., hrp., str.
Duration: 17’

Fanfare (1998)
for large orchestra
picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., bcl., 2 bsn., contra-bsn., 4 hn., 3 tpt., 3 trb., tba., 4 perc., str.
Duration: 4’

Prelude (1998)
for chamber orchestra
2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2 trb., 2 perc., pf., hrp., str.
Duration: 4’



ENSEMBLE WORKS

(6 instruments and more)

Resonant Theatre No. 2: Woven (2017)
for thirteen musicians and audience
fl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 25’

Resonant Theatre No. 1: The Sonic Great Wall (2016)
for thirteen musicians and audience
fl., ob., cl., bsn., hrn., trp., trmb., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 35’

Arias and excerpts from the opera Paradise interrupted (2015)
For various voice types with various instruments

Arias and excerpts from the opera An American soldier (2014)
For various voice types with various instruments

Arias and excerpts from the opera Bound (2014)
For various voice types with various instruments

In other words (2012)
1. version: concerto for vocalized violist and nine musicians
solo vla., fl., ob., cl., perc., vln. I, vln. 2, vla., vc., db.
2. version: concerto for vocalized violist, ensemble, and string orchestra
solo vla., fl., ob., cl., perc., str. orchestra
Duration: 30’

Arias and excerpts from the opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (2011)
For various voice types with various instruments

The color yellow (2007)
concerto for sheng and fifteen musicians
solo sheng, fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., tpt., trb., 2 perc., pf., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 20’

Wind blows… (2007)
1. version:
solo sheng, 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 tpt., 2trb., 2 per., str.
2. version:
solo sheng, fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn., tpt., trb., 2 per., pf., str.
Duration: 6’

Vorspiel to Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder (2006)
Arrangement
for large ensemble
Duration: 8’

Drama V: Curve of the shadow (2005)
1. double concerto for sheng and zheng and ensemble
sheng, zheng, fl., ob., cl., mand., guit., hrp., perc., pf., vln., vla., vc., db.
2. double concerto for sheng and zheng and twelve musicians
fl., ob., cl., mand., guit., hrp., perc., pf., vln., vla., vc., db.
Duration: 15’

Leaving Sao (2004)
1. version: for soprano or Chinese folk-voice and 13 musicians
sop./Chinese folk-voc, fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn., tpt., trb., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
2. version: for soprano or Chinese folk-voice and ensemble
sop./Chinese folk-voc, vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc. and optional perc.
3. version: for soprano or Chinese folk-voice and ensemble
sop./Chinese folk-voc, vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db., with optional perc.
Duration: 11’

Confluence (2002)
Concerto no. 4 for fifteen musicians
fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., tpt., trb., pf., hrp., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc., db.
Duration: 16’

Divergence (2001)
Concerto no. 3:
1. for piano quartet
2. for five musicians: fl., cl., pf., vl., vc.
3. for five musicians: version for fl., ob., pf., vl., vc.
Duration: 11’

The lost garden (2001)
Concerto no. 2 for eight musicians
fl., cl., pf., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc.
Duration: 18’

Yueh fei (2000)
Concerto no. 1 for eight musicians: fl., cl., pf., perc., vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc.
Concerto no. 1 for mixed ensemble: fl., cl., pf., perc., erhu, vln., vla., vc.
Duration: 19’



VOCAL WORKS

Pastural song (2009)
Arrangement
for soprano, mezzo-soprano and bass
sop., msop., b.
Duration: 4’

Without words (2002)
1. for chorus (s., a., t., b.)
2. for eight singers (s., a., t., b. + s., a., t., b. )
3. for six singers (s., a., t. + s., a., b. )
Duration: 7’



MULTI-MEDIA WORKS

Drama III: Written on the wind (2008)
multi-media drama for pipa, voice and kinetic painting
Duration: 13’

Confluences (2005)
concerto for 15 players and kinetic painting
live visual painting and fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., tpt., trb., hrp., perc., string quintet
Duration: 16’



CHAMBER MUSIC

Inscribed (2017)
for sheng and cello
Duration: 7’

Flow I (2015)
1. for violin, violoncello and pipa
2. for flute (or dizi), cello, pipa
3. for violin, bassoon, pipa
4. for flute (or dizi), violin, cello
5. for flute (or dizi), violin, bassoon
Duration: 3’

Flow II (2015)
1. for violin, cello, pipa, bassoon, percussion, voice
2. flute (or dizi), cello, pipa, bassoon, percussion, voice
Duration: 5’

Flow III (2015)
1. for flute and piano
2. for oboe and piano
3. for clarinet and piano
4. for violin and piano
5. for viola and piano
6. for cello and piano
Duration: 3’

Flow IV (2015)
1. for flute and piano
2. for oboe and piano
3. for clarinet and piano
4. for violin and piano
5. for viola and piano
6. for cello and piano
Duration: 3’

Flow V (2015)
1. for violin, flute (or dizi), pipa, cello, piano
2. for violin, flute (or dizi), pipa, bassoon, piano
3. for violin, flute (or dizi), pipa, bassoon
Duration: 5’

The floating sonnet (2015)
for violin and piano
fl. pf.
Duration: 9’ 

Second Breath (2012)
for soprano and piano (plays Tibetan finger cymbals)
sop., pf. (Tibetan finger-cym.)
Duration: 8’

Shape of the hour (2012)
for violin and piano
fl. pf.
Duration: 40’

String quartet no. 3: Calligraffiti (2012)
for string quartet
vl. I, vl. II., vla., vc.
Duration: 15’

Two shades (2012)
for violin and piano
fl. pf.
Duration: 13’

Book of the forgotten (2009)
1. for oboe and viola
2. for clarinet and viola
3. Duration: 15’

String quartet no. 2: The flag project (2009)
for vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc. and tibetan finger cymbals
Duration: 14’

Drama Theatre II: Shifting shades
(2008)
for violoncello, percussion, pianoforte, police-whistle and eighteen beer bottles
vc., perc., pf., poice whis.,18 beer bottles
Duration: 17’

Drama III: Written on the wind (2008)
for voice and pip
voc., pipa
Duration: 13’

Elegy: sounds ever slow (2008)
for soprano and string quartet
sop. str.
Duration: 7’

Shifting shades (2008)
for piano with police whistles and beer bottles
Duration: 15’

Wind blows… (2007)
1. for violin and pianoforte or marimba
2. for viola and pianoforte or marimba
3. for violoncello and pianoforte or marimba
4. for flute and pianoforte or marimba
5. for oboe and pianoforte or marimba
6. for clarinet and pianoforte or marimba
7. for bassoon and pianoforte or marimba
8. for trumpet and pianoforte or marimba
9. for sheng and pianoforte or marimba
10. for pipa and pianoforte or marimba
11. for Chinese flute and pianoforte or marimba
Duration: 6’

Leaving Sao (2005)
for soprano and string quartet
sop. str.
Duration: 12’

String quartet no. 1: The Three Tenses (2009)
for vl. I, vl. II, vla., vc. 
Duration: 15’

The three tenses (2005)
1. for string quintet
2. for brass quintet: tpt.1, tpt. 2, hn., trb. and btrb. / tba.
3. for woodwind quintet 
Duration: 15’

Four visions (2003)
for guitar quartet
Duration: 15’

Divergence (2001)
1. for clarinet, marimba, violin and pianoforte
2. for flute, violin, violinvioloncello and pianoforte
3. for flute, clarinet, violinvioloncello and pianoforte
4. for piano trio
5. for piano quartet
Duration: 11’

Seasons (1998)
1. for soprano doubling pianoforte
2. for mezzo-soprano doubling pianoforte
3. for soprano and pianoforte
4. for mezzo-soprano and pianoforte
Duration: 6’



SOLO WORKS

Actaeon (2017)
1. for solo oboe
2. for solo clarinet
Duration: 5’

Red Rain (2012)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 11’

Four fragments (2006)
1. for violin
2. for viola
3. for violoncello
Duration: 13’

Points and lines (2005)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 5’

Tree without wind (2004)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 12’

Defluent (2001)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 4’

Two pieces for pianoforte (1999-2001)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 8’

Three pieces for pianoforte (1998-2005)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 13’

Left… (1998)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 4’

Drama I: Sound of hand (1993)
for percussion
perc.
Duration: 10’

Four tunes from Hainan island (1993)
for pianoforte
pf.
Duration: 6’
Huang Ruo has been lauded by the New Yorker as "one of the world's leading young composers" and by the New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls “Dimensionalism.” Huang Ruo’s diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film.

Huang Ruo’s music has been premiered and performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Polish Radio Orchestra, Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Hong Kong, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, Remix Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, and Ethel Quartet, and conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, Dennis Russell Davies, Ed Spanjaard, Peter Rundel, Alexander Liebreich, Xian Zhang, and Ilan Volkov.

Huang Ruo's opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, had its American premiere by the Santa Fe Opera in 2014, and will receive its Canadian premiere in 2017 performed by the Vancouver Opera. His opera Paradise Interrupted received its world premiere at the Spoleto Festival USA in 2015. Another performance is coming up at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2016, before going on tour to Asia and Europe. In addition, Huang Ruo was recently named the composer-in-residence for Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.

Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China in 1976 - the year the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended. His father, who is also a composer, began teaching him composition and piano when he was six years old. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, when China was opening its gate to the Western world, he received both traditional and Western education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  As a result of the dramatic cultural and economic changes in China following the Cultural Revolution, his education expanded from Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, and Lutoslawski, to include the Beatles, rock and roll, heavy metal, and jazz. Huang Ruo was able to absorb all of these newly allowed Western influences equally. As a member of the new generation of Chinese composers, his goal and task is not just to mix both Western and Eastern elements, but also to create a seamless integration and a convincing organic unity, drawing influences from various genres and cultures.

After winning the Henry Mancini Award at the 1995 International Film and Music Festival in Switzerland, Huang Ruo moved to the United States to further his education. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. Huang Ruo is currently a composition faculty at the Mannes College of Music at the New School in NY.  He is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble FIRE (Future In REverse), and was selected as a Young Leader Fellow by the National Committee on United States–China Relations in 2006.

Huang Ruo’s music is published by Ricordi. For more information about the composer and his music, please visit: www.huangruo.com
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