Garden Nine2 sopranos, 6 altos, 3 tenors, 1 baritone, piano, and 2 pairs of rocks (1996)
|Commission||Commissioned by the New England Conservatory Chamber Singers and its Artistic Director, Tamara Brooks|
|Premiere||January 25, 1997; Jordan Hall, Boston, MA; New England Conservatory Chamber Singers; Tamara Brooks, conductor|
I have composed a series of pieces entitled Gardens, as a tribute to the Ming Dynasty Yuen Yeh, the earliest and the most exquisite Chinese horticultural treatise. Gardens, in this discourse, are not treated as a confined enclosure, but as an extended environment. A Chinese garden is a visual world as well as a world of other senses. Passing clouds, remote mountains, sound of ancient temple bells, transience of seasons, . . . all are part of the extended space. When we recite a poem or play the seven-stringed zither, our spirits immerse into the garden as we remain reflective observers.
These pieces are musical gardens. To perform one of them is to walk through a garden of sounds.
- Lei Liang