Prelude to 1830 (2012)


For symphonic band

  • Premiered in Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium by HKBDA Band Directors Wind Orchestra on 14 September 2012, conducted by Yip Ho Kwen Austin.

  • Performed by Munsang College in HKIEd on 3 May 2013, conducted by Sean Cheung.

  • Performed by Parsons Band in Academic Hall, HKBU on 1 August, 2014.

Programme Notes


Written in 2012, “Prelude to 1830” is inspired by features of Hong Kong. Unlike Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, the “1830” I referred to is not a year, but a time. It is the time when we switch on our television everyday, and hear the prelude to TVB news. I quoted the Morse code of “NEWS” and made it into a recurring theme. I have also manipulated the original theme song of TVB news and changed it to the current form.

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