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Lei Liang

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for solo percussion and audience

Open to interpretation and changes; the three staves for the performer do not designate fixed instrumentation – each may transmutate, and they can transform into one another. (2013)
Duration12'
CommissionCommissioned by and dedicated to Steven Schick on his 60th birthday
PremiereFebruary 1, 2014; New York, NY; Miller Theatre; Steven Schick, percussion
PublisherSchott Music

Media

Program Note

Trans: transience – transmutate – transcribe – transfigure – transform – trance.

The soloist performs from three staves, each reflecting a state of mind – the “outward space” (outwardly expressive), the “inward space” (inwardly contemplative), and the “immovable space” (at the same time fully engaged and detached). It is in three sections: “3=1,” “1=1,” and “1=3”.

The piece is not contrapuntal elaborations of a single mindset, but the simultaneous unfolding of different impulses. The difference and contrast between the three spaces are to be articulated by choice of instrumentation, interpretation and performance presence.

The soloist engages the audience by initiating responses in sound. The audience forms “sonic clouds” by playing pairs of rocks, in response to the initiation of the soloist and the performance environment.

For the premiere performance, 60 pairs of pebbles are distributed to the audience to form the “sonic clouds.” It can be made by other objects (such as paper, breath, wood, etc.) and can be performed by fewer or greater number of audience members depending on the occasion and the performance situation.

The soloist uses his/her own discretion to initiate, conduct, and determine the length, timing, and the extent to which the audience participates in the performance. The performer should strive to achieve, at some points during the performance where the sonic environment (created by the audience) and the work (performed by the soloist) become indistinguishably unified.

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Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Choral Score Set - 16 copies (Print)
Includes 8 copies of the soprano/alto part and 8 copies of the tenor/bass part.

Score and part (Digital)

Score and part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Score and Parts (Digital)
Score and part PDF files are delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
A PDF file of the full score is delivered via email upon receipt.

Full Score (Print)
A print edition of the score ships to the customer's address upon receipt.

Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

Parts (Digital)
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Parts (Print)
A print edition of the part(s) ship to the customer's address upon receipt.

Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Score and Parts (Print)
A print edition of the score and part(s) ship to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. The email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer.

Solo Instrument Score (Print)
A print edition of the score is shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. Print edition(s) of the full score/performance score are shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Multiple copies are included if the work has more than one player. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Choral Score (Digital)
A PDF file of the choral score is delivered via email upon receipt. The set is priced to allow multiple copies of the PDF to be printed for performance by the purchasing organization only.

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
Minimum order quantity is 8 copies. Single copies are not available.

Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
A print edition of the score and solo part ships to the customer's address upon receipt.

Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)