Walking on the Falling Leaves and Snow

Walking on the Falling Leaves and Snow (2011)
for Alto Saxophone and Piano

I. Autumn Snow
II. Autumn Leaves

Commissioned by Chih-Huan Wu

World Premiere:
December 15, 2016
2016 Asian Saxophone Congress
Concert Hall, National Chiayi Univeristy, Chiayi, Taiwan
(One of selected pieces in the semi-final round, the senior division of ASC International Competition 2016)
Competition participants
2016 Asian Saxophone Congress
US Premiere:
April 28, 2017
Arthur Ting-Hua Liang Performer Diploma Recital
Sweeney Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Arthur Ting-Hua Liang, alto saxophone; Theresa Leung, piano

Duration: 12 minutes

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Spiral

Spiral (2015)
for Solo Piano

Commissioned by Mohamed Shams

Award:
Selected work in the 34th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam (2016)

World Premiere:
October 16, 2016
The 34th Asian Composers League (ACL) Conference and Festival
Small Concert Hall, Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi, Vietnam
Đào Trọng Tuyên, piano
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Duration: 7 minutes

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The Sky Warrior

The Sky Warrior (2014)
for Orchestra

“The Sky Warrior” is the third movement of my Symphony No. 2 “Sky Trilogy”.

Award: The Honorable Mention and Audience’s Choice Award of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition (2016)

Instrumentation:
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, 4 cowbells, castanets), Percussion 2 (5 tom-toms, 1 snare drum, 1 suspended cymbal, 1 wind machine), Percussion 3 (1 bass drum, 1 tam-tam, 1 tambourine, 1 rainstick, 1 ratchet), Harp, Piano, Strings.

World Premiere:
August 19, 2016
Final Concert of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition 2016
Concert Hall of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taichung, Taiwan
Kai-Hsi Fan conducts National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
NTSO Composition Competition 2016 2

Duration: 13 minutes

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Hualien

Hualien (2015)
for Mixed Chorus

Award: The Merit Award in the Adult Mixed Chorus Category of Taiwan Choral Association Composition Competition (2015)

World Premiere:
December 6, 2015
Winners Concert of Taiwan Choral Association Composition Competition
Concert Hall of Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
Li-Fen Chen conducts La Voix d’Azur
TCA Composition Competition Concert Poster

Duration: 5 minutes

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Pentagon

Pentagon (2015)
for Wind Ensemble

Commissioned by Chiasong Ensemble

Instrumentation:
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

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Semaine des Cultures Étrangères 2015

My latest piece, Rivers of the Ocean for high voice, alto saxophone and piano, was premiered in Paris (Henri Selmer Showroom) on September 30 and received the second performance in Bordeaux (Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud) on October 2 as a part of concerts in Semaine des Cultures Étrangères 2015 (The Week of Foreign Cultures 2015) in France. In this video, it is presenting the concerts and conferences held by Centre culturel de Taïwan à Paris (Cultural Center of Paris to Taiwan) during Semaine des Cultures Étrangères 2015.


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A Kite with a Broken String

A Kite with a Broken String (2013)
for Orchestra

“A Kite with a Broken String” is the second movement of my Symphony No. 2 “Sky Trilogy”.

Award:
Semi-Finalist, The American Prize in Composition – Orchestra Music Professional Division (2016)
The Honorable Mention of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition (2015)

Instrumentation:
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 5-oct. marimba, 1 lion’s roar), Percussion 2 (1 slapstick shared with Perc. 3, 1 snare drum, 1 suspended cymbal), Percussion 3 (1 rainstick, 1 bamboo wind chimes, 1 slapstick shared with Perc. 2), Harp, Strings.

World Premiere:
August 19, 2015
Final Concert of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition 2015
Concert Hall of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taichung, Taiwan
Lin Liao conducts National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
NTSO Composition Competition 2015

Duration: 11 minutes

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Phantasy in Tokyo

My Phantasy for oboe and English horn will get its 14th performance at 1pm on August 18, 2015. It will be performed in the “ADRA The Wind from Asia” concert of IDRS (International Double Reed Society) 2015 Conference. The venus is Small Hall in the Arts Building of National Olympus Memorial Youth Center (3-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan). Thank Oboe Duo Agosto (Ling-Fei Kang and Charles Huang) for bringing this piece to Tokyo and thank Prof. Rong-Yi Liu to make this performance possible. I really appreciate and I am very much looking forward to it!!

IDRS 2015

我爲雙簧管與英國管譜寫的《幻想曲》在2015年8月18日下午1點將要迎向他14次的演出,這首曲子將會於2015年國際雙簧協會研討會的「亞洲雙簧協會亞洲風」音樂會中演出。音樂會地點在國立奧林匹克紀念青少年總合中心(東京都渋谷区代々木神園町3-1)的文化棟小演奏廳。謝謝 Oboe Duo Agosto 帶著這個曲子到日本東京,也謝謝劉榮義老師讓這個曲子有演出的機會。非常謝謝你們,我也很期待這次在日本東京的演出。

Phantasy in Taiwan

I am very thrilled that after 12 performances in the United States and Thailand my Phantasy for oboe and English horn will get its 13th performance on June 7, and at this time it will be the first time to be performed in my home country, Taiwan. I use a Taiwanese aboriginal (Atayal) tune in this piece, and at this time it will be back to the familiar place, which this original tune is sang and heard.

Thank Oboe Duo Agosto for bringing this piece to their concert in Taiwan. The concert will be at 3pm on June 7, and the venue is Bratsche Arts Center in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Admission free!!! Oboe Duo Agosto will also give a masterclass before the concert at 1pm on the same day and in the same venue. Please come to the concert for the 13th performance of my Phantasy, and support the very wonderful Oboe Duo Agosto. Thank you very much!

Oboe Duo Agosto 1Oboe Duo Agosto 2

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Allison Balcetis Taiwan Tour Concerts

I am honored that Allison Balcetis, the saxophone professor of University of Alberta, will bring my The Voice of Children for solo baritone saxophone for her Taiwan tour concerts. These three concerts will feature the saxophone works, especially those are written by Taiwanese composers and inspired by the eastern music, in the artist exchange with the Taiwanese saxophonist Po-Yuan Ku. Except concerts, Allison Balcetis will also give two masterclasses in Taichung and Tainan. More information in details as followed:

Allison Balcetis – Taiwan Artistic Exchange with Po-Yuan Ku
7:30pm, May 26 – Concert at KHS ProShop in Taipei
2pm, May 28 – Masterclass at Music Department of National Tainan University (D205)
6:30pm, May 28 – Concert at Concert Hall of Tainan University of Technology (S502)
1pm, May 29 – Masterclass at Music Department of Tainan University of Technology (T104)
7:30pm, May 29 – Concert at Concert Hall of National Taichung University of Education

Program
Feng-Hsu Lee: The Voice of Children
Chien-Nien Chen: Jasmine Flower
André Ribeiro: Linha de sombra
Christian Lauba: Adria
and two improvisations based on the Chinese traditional Nan-Yin and Nan-Guan music

All the concerts and masterclasses are admission free!!! If you are near the area and have free time, please come to the concerts for supporting Allison Balcetis, Po-Yuan Ku, and me. Thank you very much!

Allison Balcetis

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