|Composer:||陳錦標 Joshua CHAN|
|Work Title:||The Tiny Shan Pui River《小小山貝河》|
|Year of Premiere:||2007.10.13|
|Premiere Country:||Hong Kong|
|Premiere Information:||Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra|
In Hong Kong, we may have the most beautiful harbour and beaches, but we do not have a river cutting across the city, like the Thames or the Rhine. When I was young, my father and I would walk from Waterloo Road to Broadcast Drive to catch a glimpse of the TV personalities. That was how I saw, for the first time, the long gulley – the middle lane on Waterloo Road was closed to traffic at that time. ‘Tai Ho Road’ (meaning ‘Big River Road’ in Chinese) in Tsuen Wan must have been a waterway rather than a road for traffic with elevated walkways. The first time I saw Shan Pui River in Yuen Long was when I took a public light bus from Castle Peak to Yuen Long. Who could have imagined that many years later, it was to become a local landmark for a shop selling fresh fruit dessert! And further still, no one could have known that it was going to make international news headlines with the antics of a little crocodile in 2003. I have an affinity for water, and I hope that with this work, I can describe my yearning to be near rivers or be a part of Nature. The music is only five minutes long, and I hope it captures the gist of my subject matter – the tiny river, the nearby surroundings, and perhaps the agile form of the smart little croc, Pui Pui.
This work was commissioned by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2006, with a sponsorship from the CASH Music Fund.