Dialectal Percussionspercussion solo (1994)
|Commission||Commissioned by Mei-Ying Ng|
|Premiere||May 11, 1994; Jordan Hall; Boston, MA; Mei-Ying Ng, percussion|
|Technical requirements||temple bell, 5tempbl, tam-t, tom-t, bng, b.d, "xiao luo" small gongs, "da luo" big gongs, 2 "xiao bo" small cymbals, "peng zhong" Buddhist chanting bells (pair)|
This piece was first inspired by the dramatic expression found in Chinese language (which is a tonal language), particularly, in Peking dialect. I am always captured by this language because of its subtle modulations in tone, pauses and transitions in rhythm, melodic undulations within each phrase, and its dramatic characters in expression. These aspects are all reflected in this piece. It is a monodrama in which all "musical dialects" symbolize a spiritual offering. Ideally, the piece should be performed on a stage with dark blue lights, centered by a mauve spot light, with all other lights turned off.