Gobi Canticleviolin, viola (2005, rev. 2010)
|Premiere||July 10, 2010 San Francisco, CA, Asian Arts Museim (USA) · Wei He, violin; Yujie Liu, viola|
Gobi Canticle belongs to a series of compositions that grew out of my admiration for Mongolian music. Its melodic material is based on the theme of Gobi Polyphony – a work commissioned and premiered by the erhu player Xu Ke at the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki in 2003. In this composition, the melody is played against its own inversion; it then alludes to various genres of Mongolian music that include the long-chant, as well as the music of dance and shaman rituals. It concludes with a rendering of a folk song that I learnt during my visit to the Nei Monggol region in 1996.