Brush-StrokeChamber Orchestra (2005)
|Premiere||February 23, 2005 in Jordan Hall, Boston.|
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The title Brush-Stroke reveals the influence of Chinese calligraphy on my music, in particular, the “slender gold script” by Emperor Hui-tsung (1082-1135) and the “wild cursive script” by Monk Huai-Su (ca.735-ca.799). In this work, I tried to develop an idea that I call “One-Note-Polyphony.” This concept is inspired by my sonogram analysis of the music of the ancient Chinese seven-string zither – the guqin, and informed by the significant works of Chou, Davidovsky, Scelsi and the Spectral School of composers. Each single note functions as an “intersection” where various musical dimensions can be accessed. My interest lies in the potential for perceptible timbral transformation through the varying possibilities for instrumental re-synthesis on these single notes.