Meteor Impacts

Meteor Impacts (2012-2013)
for orchestra

“Meteor Impacts” is the first movement of my Symphony No. 2 “Sky Trilogy”.

Finalist, The American Prize in Composition – Orchestra Music Professional Division (2015)
Orchestra Members’ Choice Award and Audience’s Choice Award of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition (2014)

Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 Clarinets (Bb), Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets (C), 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion 1 (1 anvil, 1 lion’s roar, 4 cowbells, 1 suspended cymbal), Percussion 2 (5 tom-toms, 1 snare drum, 1 suspended cymbal), Percussion 3 (4 brake drums, 1 bass drum, 1 tam-tam, 1 rainstick, 1 triangle, 1 ratchet), Piano, Strings.

World Premiere:
August 23, 2014
Final Concert of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition 2014
Concert Hall of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taichung, Taiwan
Lin Liao conducts National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
NTSO Composition Competition 2014

Duration: 12 minutes

Program Notes

Literally speaking, Meteor Impacts for orchestra is a piece based on my vision of an imaginary landscape. The beginning metal anvil strike sound effects accompanied with extremely high woodwinds and strings aim to represent something unstable and unexpected. With a fanfare-like introduction, the screams in the high range soon transform into lots of giant chords with full orchestra which imitate the scenario where a meteor is striking a planet. The huge chordal sections, in the meantime, overlap and alternate with sorrowful melodies and rapid flowing notes to symbolize that this unusual event alters daily life dramatically and drastically. In the middle section, after a solo English horn section, the piece returns to a fanfare-like passage, yet it becomes more fierce and violent toward the very end.

For me, Meteor Impacts is not only a piece that describes an imaginary scene that hardly occurs in our daily life, but it further states a helpless and panicked situation which we might face unexpectedly. We are very likely to find that we cannot do anything to change what has happened. All we can do is accept the cruel impact that crushes our hopes for the future.

This is the world premiere recording.



– Feng-Hsu Lee (February 14, 2013 West Hartford, CT)

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