A Retrospect《題都城南莊》(for 3-part female chorus, S.S.A. & piano​)

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Description

Composer: 陳浩貽 CHAN Ho-yi David
Work Title: A Retrospect《題都城南莊》
Text / Lyrics: 崔護 Hu Cui
Year Composed: 2013
Premiere Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 5′

Programme Notes

A Retrospect

     On this day last year what a party were we
     Pink cheeks and pink peach-blossoms smiled upon me;
     But alas the pink cheeks are now far far away,
     Through the peach-blossoms smile as they smiled on that day.
     (Translated by Herbert Allen Giles, Late Professor of Chinese in the University of Cambridge)

A Retrospect is composed for 3-part female chorus. Based on the Tang poem by Hu Chi, it is about the incident which the poet fell in love with a beautiful young girl. She captivated him while he asked for water at her house in a forest of peach blossoms. After a year, the poet missed his lover and went to visit her again. However, she has already perished while the landscape is as bloomy as last year, an intense contrast. Miraculously, the girl woke up upon his arrival.

Regarding the setting of the text, the economy of words in Chinese places a main obstacle for any attempt of the musical setting to re-capture the boundless mood hidden beneath. To make possible this adequation between the duration of the music and the emotional scope of the words, melismas are set to match the normal utterance of the text with the music. As a result, music is composed as a sound world which aims to suggest rather than to state, to sketch rather to paint.

To embellish the time and space implicit in the words, the tonality of the piece is principally pantonal in order to convey the abundant meanings of each word in this Chinese poem, especially the sophisticated emotions of the poet and the rosy scenery portrayed.

題都城南莊

去年今日此門中,人面桃花相映紅。
人面不知何處去?桃花依舊笑春風。

《題都城南莊》是為女聲三部而作的合唱曲,內容有關詩人愛上一位美麗的女子。一年後,詩人掛念愛人,再度拜訪,但是她已離去。然而,身旁的桃花是依舊艷麗,卻變成強烈對比的寫照。最後,因為詩人的來臨,愛人奇蹟甦醒。

為詩詞配樂,由於中國的文字簡潔精要、意境深遠,常能於寥寥數字間,表達無窮意境。因此,音樂的主要目的是要捕捉詩詞的神髓,以致達「意」傳「情」,能繪形於聲、寄意於聲。所以,詩詞主要是以一字多音方式唱出,讓聽覺感官享受滿足的聲音世界。

為了有足夠時間和空間咀嚼詩詞,本曲的調性為泛調性,旨在表達單一字詞背後豐富的意思,特別是詩人複雜的情懷,以及描繪詩中艷麗的景象。

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