《萬里》Miles Upon Miles (2018)

Miles-Upon-Miles

For amplified violin and electronics

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  • Premiered by Patrick Yim in Hong Kong History Museum, 28 January, 2018.
  • Perform by Patrick Yim and Austin Yip in Playhouse, Abrons Art Center, New York, 18 July, 2018 during New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
  • Perform by Patrick Yim on 21 September, 2018 in Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, Hong Kong.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 30 September, 2018 in Jayu Theater, Seoul, Korea during Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2018.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 19 October, 2018 at Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 1 December, 2018 at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 7 January, 2019 at Y-Studio, Youth Square, Chai Wan, Hong Kong during Toolbox International Creative Academy Opening Concert.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 9 March, 2019 at the West Kowloon District “Freespace Happening” Art Park, West Kowloon.
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 21 March, 2019 at the “Time Travel: East to West” Recital at United International College Performance Theatre, Zhuhai, China (Hosted by the Division of Culture and Creativity Office)
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 30 April, 2019 at the “From Hessler to Hindustan” Violin and Piano Recital at Goethe-Insitut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, India (Presented by Goethe-Institut and Kolkata Classics)
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 2 May, 2019 during “Hessler Street Duo” Violin and Piano Recital at the Arts Rotunda, American University of Sharjah, UAE (Presented by American University of Sharjah)
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 4 May, 2019 during “Crossroads” Violin and Piano Recital at Dushanbe Serena Auditorium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Pitch Pipe Foundation and Dushanbe Serena)
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 5 May, 2019 during Violin and Piano Recital at the Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Bactria Cultural Centre and Pitch Pipe Foundation)
  • Performed by Patrick Yim on 8 May, 2019 during Violin and Piano Recital at the Shahidi School of Music, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Shahidi School of Music and Pitch Pipe Foundation)

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。

Press coverage: 《大館音樂古典現代無疆界》大公報 15 December, 2018

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

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