• Liang Yikeng Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Mohd Fairuz bin Zamani



Yunnan, ethnic style, music analysis, Yi people, characteristic


Incorporating Yunnan Yi music elements into piano compositions is a growing trend in Chinese piano music, and Yi piano adaptations serve as an important representation of Yunnan piano music’s ethnic style and development. However, a lack of systematic investigation and observation means that little research has been done on the composition of Yi piano adaptations. This presents a challenge for aspiring piano students looking to interpret the Yi characteristics of these works. This study aims to provide a systematic discourse on prior research and investigate the relevance and contribution of Yi piano adaptations in reducing the existing gap. Literary research and musical analysis will be employed to analyze the Sani Fantasia adaptation. A literature analysis will classify relevant piano adaptation works and appreciate Yi piano music’s overall growth pattern, while a systematic examination of Sani Fantasia will reveal how Yi’s music elements are expressed and translated in the piano pieces while maintaining the original folk song’s ethnic style. The researchers hope the study will deepen academics’ understanding of the cultural significance and worth of Yi piano adaptations and piano compositions in the Yunnan ethnic styles.


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How to Cite

Yikeng, L., & bin Zamani, M. F. (2023). SANI FANTASIA: AN EXAMINATION ON YUNNAN YI CHARACTERISTICS IN PIANO MUSIC ADAPTATION. International Journal of Applied and Creative Arts, 6(1), 104–115.