But the type of music he creates may not be that of your average classical composer. Yuan’s work combines classical music with the long-standing traditions of Chinese music.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra sets a unique tone with Chinese instruments embedded among the classical orchestral instruments.
The compositions rely on Chinese theories of thought, healing, and natural philosophies. Extensive use is made of the pentatonic scale.
Chinese traditional music is soothing and sweet to the ears.
In Chinese history, the 5-tone pentatonic scale is thought to correlate to the five elements which make up matter and life. The five elements are metal, water, fire, earth, and wood.
The pentatonic scale and the characteristic sound of Chinese music are interwoven throughout the performances.