Into Immensity


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Composer: 陳永華 CHAN Wing-wah
Work Title: Into Immensity
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, viola & cello
Year Composed: 2006
Duration: 9′

Programme Notes

Into Immensity for flute, clarinet, tenor trombone, percussion, piano, viola & cello was written for the Ensemble MD7 for the 2006 Ljubljana Summer Festival in Slovenia. The composer visited Slovenia in 2003 for the ISCM World Music Days Festival and was greatly impressed by the beautiful scenes in Ljubljana, Postojna, Bled and Piran. The entrance of the Postojna Cave reads Immensum ad Antrum Aditus (Welcome to this Immensity) which invites people to enter into this world wonder. It becomes the title of this piece.

The music starts in a mysterious mood and is later joined by certain irregular rhythmic motion. A slow lyrical section led by the trombone is immediately followed by the same rhythmic design bringing it to a rapturous end. The composer freely utilizes the so-called eastern and western elements. In fact, what is eastern and what is western will become less clear in this new millennium. Above all, music is an immensity with no boundary!