Shui Sha-Lian – The Old Lake’s Spirit Sleeps and Dreams so Sweetly…


Shui Sha-Lian – The Old Lake’s Spirit Sleeps and Dreams so Sweetly…


Shui Sha-Lian – The Old Lake’s Spirit Sleeps and Dreams so Sweetly… (2011)

Dizi, Pipa, Zonghu, Guzheng

Premiered by Chai Found Music Workshop, conducted by Mr. Huang, Chen-Ming

Duration: 9’

This work was composed to enroll in the Formosa Landscape – Chai Found Music Workshop 2011 Sizhu Music Composition Contest, Taipei, Taiwan, receiving the “Judge’s Special Prize”. Orchestrated for Dizi (bamboo flute), Zonghu (Chinese 2-stringed vertical violin, tuned in fifths [G-D], a kind of alto Erhu. Both Zonghu and Erhu have the peculiarity of being played with the bow placed in between the strings and not bowed directly upon them), Guzheng (21-string zither pentatonic tuning: D-B-A-F# -E) and Pipa (traditional Chinese 4-stringed lute: A-D-E-A).

The extramusical object proposed by the competition committee should be a photograph of a Taiwanese landscape. Taiwan is also known as “Formosa” (beautiful), a name given by the Portuguese settlers when they established a warehouse there around 1600. The picture chosen shows a contemplative shot by Wang Guan-Yu of the lake “Shui-Sha Lian” (lake of the sun and moon) in an autumnal twilight.

The domination of the extramusical object in the conduction of the work is evidenced by the intensely sinic colors, and corroborated in the observations made by the jurors when exposing their impressions on the work:

Picture by Wang Guan-Yu used as inspiration for the piece.

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