Over Ten Thousand Mountain《逾萬山》

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Composer: 陳永華 CHAN Wing-wah
Work Title: Over Ten Thousand Mountain《逾萬山》(for Dizi, Sheng, Erhu, Zheng)
Solo Instruments: Dizi, Sheng, Erhu, Zheng
Year Composed: 2002
Duration: 8’30

Programme Notes

Scholars and sages in east and west all described the overcome of difficulties in life as mountain climbing. Different nations may be physically separated by a thousand mountains. To overcome the wide gap both geographically and spiritually, they must overcome gap inside their mind.

The composer wrote this piece for the Chinese Music Virtuosi – a group of young and talented Chinese instrumentalists based in Hong Kong. They went to Bueno Aires, Argentina in the summer of 2002 to give this concert there. Their performance was immediately released in compact discs and received high acclaim there. Concert of Chinese instrumental music is rarely heard in Argentina. This cultural exchange is a good way to make friends. The Chinese Music Virtuosi Literally flew over a thousand mountains and opened up the heart of the Argentinean people.

The music begins with the zheng ostinato representing the slow pace of walking at the beginning. At the middle way of the mountains, we see the green shades of the mountains near and far. It is joined by the di and sheng. At the top of the mountain one sees the various mountains competing to become the wonder of nature. “Thousand mountains Competing” is the title of a Chinese water colour painting made by Prof. Jao Chung I dedicating to the opening of Esther Lee Building at Chung Chi College, CUHK. The composer was very much inspired by it and used this scenery to complete the music.

If human beings are to co-exist peacefully, they must learn how to understand and appreciate each other. In spite of the separation a thousand mountains, we can always get through.

東西方的哲人一直有用登山作為人生面對及克服困難的譬喻。不同民族的融合除了要克服彼此隔阻的地理環境,更要克服內心的隔膜及不了解。
本曲是寫給由香港青年中樂好手組成的《龢鳴樂坊》,他們於2002夏到阿根廷的布宜諾斯艾利斯演出了兩場中樂音樂會,並馬上製成CD,在當地出售,好評如潮。中樂音樂會在當地極之少有,是次機會打開了以文化會友的可貴局面。他們不單飛逾萬山,更以音樂打開了彼此的心扉。全曲由古箏的穩定重覆句開始,表示「緩步登山」,到山腰之際,但見「山巒疊翠」,笙笛齊和。到山頂之時,但見「千岩競秀」。這標題亦是饒宗頤教授的名畫,送給中文大學崇基學院利黃瑤璧樓開幕之誌。作曲者亦受該畫啟發,遂以此段總結。

人類要和洽相處,必要彼此欣賞及尊重,雖有萬山隔阻,定能飛越。