Reunion《重聚》

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Composer: 陳浩貽 CHAN Ho-yi David
Work Title: Reunion 重聚
Year Composed: 2013
Instrumentation: Wind Orchestra 管樂團
Duration: 7′

Reunion

Reunion is a large-scale wind-orchestral composition. After quitting from the hostel in the university, the composer missed his old friends in the past so he started to arrange reunions with them. Within 3 months, the composer has joined around 30 reunions with friends, recalling many memories in the old days. As a result, the composer is touched and motivated to compose Reunion.

The piece is basically tonal, but the composer abandons the conventional key scheme. Within a piece of 7 minutes, all 12 major keys are employed. Such setting is due to the innate chromesthesia of the composer (aka sound-to-color synesthesia, a neurological condition of hearing sounds and involuntarily evoking an experience of colour), instead of being the compositional purpose. To the composer, Reunion is a colourful painting. The piece begins with a fast section, symbolizing the jubilant old times, when the world was once ever so vast and adolescents could freely come and go by. In the middle slow section, the colour representing each musical key portrays the feeling of composer having reunions with friends, including hope, warmth, joy, eagerness, passion, sigh, faith, reminiscence, spirit and longing. The piece is in ABA form. With introduction, elucidation, transition and conclusion, the first theme in middle section is recalled in the coda. At the end, the harmonious brass harmony symbolizes the eternal memory.

“From the south sky to the north pole,

this airy duet,

by their aging wings,

many a summer and winter logged.”

(From the poem, “The Wild Geese’s Tomb” by Yuan Haowen)

Nowadays, reunions with friends are often few and far between, and transient as the faint convergence of diffusing ink. However, reunion can only come by if there has been farewell, so it brings a speechless tug at the heartstrings. To all those who cherish reunions, I dedicate this piece to you.

《重聚》

《重聚》是一首大型管樂號曲,創作動機始於作曲家由大學離宿後,想念昔日久未重逢的朋友,因此開始約見昔日好友和故人。在這三個月,大大小小的重聚(re-u),大概不下三十次,勾起不少回憶,因而感觸寫下《重聚》一曲。

樂曲以調性為主,但作曲家打破傳統音調體制,在7分鐘的樂曲內,將12個大調全部用上。但這並非作品本身創作目的,而是作曲家天生擁有音色通感(即聲音能引起視覺顏色)。所以,對作曲家而言,《重聚》一曲是一幀色彩繽紛的圖畫。樂曲以快的樂段起首,代表昔日歡騰、天地曾是何等廣闊、任人隨意往來的歲月。而中段較慢的部份,每一個調的顏色則描繪出作曲家與朋友重聚時的感受,包括:希望、溫暖、歡樂、熱切、熱情、嘆息、信念、回憶、精神及渴望。整首樂曲結構為三段體,起承轉合,尾段重現中段的第一主題,以銅管和諧的和弦作結,象徵永遠的回憶。

天南地北雙飛客,老翅幾回寒暑。在現今社會,和朋友重聚的時間,往往是少之有少,每次更是短暫,猶如淡淡水墨。但有離才有聚,因此重聚才有一份感動。謹以此曲,獻給每一位珍惜重聚的人。

 

後記:

人的本領,本來就是有限,而我只得疲憊軀殼。經過兩個月的時間,完成這首作品。這段日子,面對這片土地上,林林總總漂亮堂皇的目標,生活上種種挑戰接踵而上,只得加班筋歇力疲。但是,在忙碌的日子,我往往抽出時間,去關心身邊值得關愛的朋友。

身邊很多朋友,也不明白我這份執着和原則。但是,我已用這種態度,過了好幾年的日子,深深體會到工作,是沒有完成的一天。我更相信,這份執着,也許只有和我經歷過同樣艱苦和孤獨的日子,仍抱着這份堅持的人,才能明白。

但是,正如作家林日曦所言:「假如世界正常,你我便是白痴。」