《萬里》Miles Upon Miles (2018)

Miles-Upon-Miles

For amplified violin and electronics

  • Miles Upon Miles, for violin and electronics, premiered by Patrick Yim in Hong Kong History Museum, 28 January, 2018.

Programme Notes

“Miles Upon Miles” is inspired by an exhibition held at the Hong Kong Museum of History of the same title. The exhibition showcases artefacts discovered along the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road, including the North-Western side of China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The three movements, entitled “I. Gilt Bronze”, “II. Cameleer”, and “III. Sancai”, refer to the features of artefacts in this exhibition. “Gilt Bronze” refers to the materials used for a silkworm of the Han dyasty; “Cameleer” refers to a painting of a Tang dynasty cameleer, and “Sancai” refers to the colours that were used during the Tang Dynasty.

This work is written for amplified violin and electronics. Field recordings of the Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam, taken in Xinjiang 2015, is operated through granular synthesis and serve as an extra dimension to the work. “Miles Upon Miles” is commissioned by violinist Patrick Yim in 2018.

受香港歷史博物館的「綿亙萬里-世界遺產絲綢之路」展覽啟發,《萬里》以音樂描寫展覽中幾件於漢朝及唐朝的展品。第一樂章「鎏金銅」乃漢朝時所用的金屬;第二樂章「牽駝」為唐朝壁畫常見的主題;第三樂章「三彩」是唐代陶器上常用的釉色。《萬里》為擴音小提琴及電子而寫,樂曲中用到的電子部份取材於2015年,作曲家在新疆錄音的維吾尔木卡姆,透過顆粒合成法給作品帶來新疆的色彩。《萬里》由小提琴家嚴天成於2018年委約而寫。

Patrick Yim’s notes on Miles Upon Miles, see here.

 

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