Pentagon (2015)
for Wind Ensemble

Commissioned by Chiasong Ensemble

1 Flute, 1 Clarinet in B flat, 1 Tenor Saxophone in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, 1 Horn in F, 2 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba, 1 Percussion (Claves, 5 Woodblocks, 3 Tom-Toms, Snare Drum, Kick Drum, 1 Suspended Cymbal, 1 Hi-Hat, and Triangle)

World Premiere:
November 27, 2015 
Chiasong Ensemble Concert Chapter V “Just Five”
Kaohsiung Music Hall, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Shi-Wei Lin conducts Chiasong Ensemble
Chiasong Ensemble Poster

Duration: 10 minutes

Program Notes

Accepting the commission of Chiasong Ensemble, I composed this piece Pentagon for wind ensemble. A pentagon is a five-sided polygon containing a (hidden) star-shape structure within. To portray a pentagon in music, I use the five notes from a pentatonic scale as five points of a pentagon; in the meantime, I apply some chromatic lines in the diatonic melodies to consist of a pentatonic scale. Driving in the fast tempo, two contrasting materials, which are diatonic and chromatic, co-exist together to create the momentum while producing the sound of brilliance and colorfulness.

Pentagon is a piece to pay tribute to a Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao who passed away on February 25, 2015. In the slow sections of this piece, I quote a tune of Taiwanese plains aborigines (God Created Haven and Earth in the Taiwanese hymn book), which can be heard in the slow section of Tyzen Hsiao’s Ode to Taiwan. I admire Mr. Hsiao’s music marking and recognize it as outstanding Taiwanese music. In this piece, I intend to create a passionate and energetic effect and a sense of nostalgia while putting my own Taiwanese markings into it. For me, it is a way to tackle my own cultural identity and to memorialize a great Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao.



– Feng-Hsu Lee (July 31, 2015 Hartford, CT)

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