Beyond the Sky 《天蒼蒼》

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Composer: 陳永華 CHAN Wing-wah
Work Title: Beyond the Sky 《天蒼蒼》 (for Sheng, Erhu, Pipa, Zheng, Flute and Clarinet)
Instrumentation: Sheng, Erhu, Pipa, Zheng, Flute, Clarinet
Year Composed: 2004
Duration: 12′

Programme Notes

The Instrumentation for Beyond the Sky was suggested by the Chinese Music Virtuosi for its concert tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2004. Buenos Aires is such a far off place from Hong Kong that the composer wonders whether its sky looks the same like Hong Kong’s. The composer further believes if people in different parts of the world share the same human value of peace and love, then they have the same sky.

This piece starts with a slow section featuring the wind instruments. A faster section starting with the zheng ostinato eventually leads in a slow tonal passage. The final fast section is meant to be celebrative and joyful.

Beyond the Sky received its premiere in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires by the Chinese Music Virtuosi with Carmen Ma (flute) and Chiu Hang (clarinet) during the 36th International Encounter Festival in August 2004.

此曲的配器由龢鳴樂坊建議,於2004年8月在阿根廷布宜諾斯艾利斯的Encuentros國際音樂節中演出。作曲家在想像遙遠的布宜諾斯艾利斯的天空,會否與香港的天空相似。其是作曲家相信世上不同角落的人民,若認同人類和平與友愛的價值,他們的天空將是一樣的。樂曲由緩慢的管樂開始,隨後一段叫快得整固定音型引向一個慢的調性樂段。最後的部分是以歡樂慶典的氣氛完結。

龢鳴樂坊連同馬家敏(長笛)及趙恆(單簧管)於布宜諾斯艾利斯的科隆劇院舉行的第36屆Encuentros 國際音樂節中首演《天蒼蒼》。

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