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WASBE will be commissioning a new work by internationally renowned composer, Li Chan from China. The work will be for Grade 3 - 4, approximately 6 minutes work for standard band instrumentation.



University of St. Thomas will be the lead commissioner and be premiering the work in October 2024.



With the commissioning consortia confirmed, we are now inviting you to become part of this important international commissioning initiative.


Closing date: Octber 15, 2024




Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms  (Guqin Music)


Chinese people have a special respect and love for the plum blossom, which has become the embodiment of a certain personality of Chinese people. Therefore, plum blossoms have naturally become an important theme in ancient and modern art creation. People place their emotions on plum blossoms, using poetry, painting, and music to express their pure white, fragrant, and cold resistant characteristics, as well as their noble and elegant qualities such as being aloof and noble.


Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms refers to the opening, decline, and rebirth of plum blossoms, and also represents a cycle of life. Everyone will experience the joy of opening, the sadness of decline, and the hope of rebirth. Therefore, the Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms has become a philosophical idea that teaches people to cherish and be grateful, to better face life, rather than being dominated by it.



Read here to learn more about the work.

Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms by Li Chan

Expected to ship on November 1, 2024
  • Composer

    LI Chan was born in 1981 in China. She graduated from the Composition Department of Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing). She is currently the Composer of the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China.  She is a freelance composer and has written multiple pieces for professional and community groups. 


    Some of her published works include:


    • Our Youth with no regrets (Piano Concerto with Wind Band);
    • Expedition
    • Moon at the fortified Pass
    • Little hands turns cold— Nanking Massacre
    • The Himalaya Peak
    • Shangri-La
    • Guangxi Folk Song-Impression of the Lijiang River
    • Folksong of MIDU (Prizewinner of the WASBE International Composition Contest)
    • March of the blue expedition

    Her works have been published by People's Music Publishing House (China), and JC Link Music (Hong Kong, SAR).

  • Grade

    3 - 4

  • Duration

    approx. 6 minutes

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