《官塘記事》The Book of Kwun Tong (2019)

for clarinet, violin, violin, cello and piano

commissioned by RTHK Radio 4

Programme Notes

“The Book of Kwun Tong” is a collection of seven short pieces, with each depicting an important stage/incident of Kwun Tong, a district in Hong Kong. The work begins with the first movement “Kwun Foo”, which is an older name of the district in the Ming Dynasty, according to “Yuet Dai Gei”. The second movement “New Town” depicts the development of Kwun Tong in the 1950s, and the third movement “Factory” portrays how Kwun Tong gradually became an industrial center. The fourth movement “Kai Liu” laments the flooding incident in 1972, and the fifth movement “Train” describes the construction of the Kwun Tong MTR station in 1979. The sixth movement “Business” depicts the transformation of Kwun Tong into a business district, and the final movement “Rebuild” mourns for the recent redevelopment. 

《官塘記事》為七首小品組成,每一首小品描繪官塘的一個獨有景色。第一樂章為「官富」,名字取材於明朝《粵大記》所記載舊時官塘的名字;第二樂章「新市」,描繪五十年代官塘發展為新市鎮的故事;第三樂章「廠」,乃刻畫以前香港工業蓬勃的日子;第四樂章「雞寮」,是一首對1972年雨災的挽歌;第五樂章「鐵路」,記載昔日官塘逐漸變得現代化的重要建設;第六樂章「商」,見證官塘慢慢轉型成為商業區;而最後的樂章「重建」,則緬懷一去不反的舊日美好時光。

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