YouTube Video of Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes

I received an email from Dr. James Ogburn, project manager of Thailand International Composition Festival 2012 (TICF) and also Chair of composition and theory at the Mahidol University College of Music, last Friday. He did lots of effort putting videos of every premiere piece in TICF on YouTube, including my piece. Thank James! By watching these videos it made me recall those days staying in Bangkok and in TICF. It was a wonderful experience to me. Although some problems occurred in rehearsing my piece, I still figured out the Thai musicians did their good job learning such a difficult piece in a very short time.

The video is a live premiere performance of my piece, Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes for violin, percussion and piano, at the music auditorium (MACM Hall) of the Mahidol University on July 14, 2012. This piece is in memory of my beloved father. During the performance, I cannot help that my eyes became watery. After the performance, the musicians forgot to invite me to be on stage for showing I am the composer of this piece. But I really do not care for this. Somehow it seems that I saw my father bowing on the stage for me. I love my father forever!

For more information of this piece, please click this link: Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes.

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Thailand International Composition Festival

Tomorrow (July 8) I will fly to Bangkok, Thailand for participating the Eighth Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF). My piece, Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes (2012) for violin, percussion and piano, was selected as one of twelve finalists in the TICF Composition Competition, and will be premiered at the music auditorium (MACM Hall) of Mahidol University on July 14 (10am). I was invited to participate the TICF from July 9 to 14 to attend all the concerts and lectures, and get the feedback of my piece in the Masterclass. I am looking forward to my trip to Bangkok.

By the way, I will travel to Bangkok from July 8 to 18. In these days I will have two pieces performing in Taiwan. Ballade (2012) for violin and percussion will be premiered tomorrow night (7pm, July 8) at the Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau Concert Hall by violinist Yu-Hao Chang and percussionist Sayun Chang. Cave Railroad (2011) for solo alto saxophone will have Taiwan premiered performance at the YAMAHA Artists Service Center (Taipei) by saxophonist Po-Fang Chang on July 17. Although I am not able to attend these two concerts, I believe the performances will be fantastic. Please visit the “Performances” page to get more information of concerts.

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Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes

Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes (2012)
for Violin, Percussion and Piano

Award:
Selected work in the 32nd Asian Composers League Conference and Festival in Tokyo, Japan (2014)
Selected work in the final round of the Eighth Thailand International Composition Competition (2012)

Instrumentation:
Violin, Percussion (Vibraphone, 3 Tom-Toms, Snare Drum, Bass Drum), and Piano

World Premiere:
July 14, 2012
The Eighth Thailand International Composition Festival
Music Auditorium (MACM Hall), College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Charatmanat Lertsukon, violin; Anusorn Prabnongbua, percussion; Pasatorn Stieniti, piano

Duration: 9 minutes
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Phantasy

Phantasy (2011)
for Oboe and English Horn

Commissioned by Oboe Duo Agosto

World Premiere:
August 18, 2011
Asian Double Reed Association Conference
Music Auditorium, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Oboe Duo Agosto:
Ling-Fei Kang, oboe; Charles Huang, English horn

Duration: 10 minutes
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Dream Landscapes

Dream Landscapes (2008)
for Saxophone Quartet

I. Sunshine through the Rain
II. Peach Blossoms Dancing
III. The Blizzard
IV. The Tunnel of Soldiers with Light Blue Faces
V. Wheat Field with Crows (homage to Claude Debussy)
VI. The Weeping Demons after the Red Mountain
VII. Village of the Watermills

Commissioned by Composition VII Saxophone Quartet

World Premiere:
July 29, 2008
Composition VII Saxophone Quartet Concert
National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Composition VII Saxophone Quartet
Po-Yuan Ku, soprano saxophone; Cheng-Yu Lee, alto saxophone; Chia-Chia Wu, tenor saxophone; Chih-Huan Wu, baritone saxophone

Duration: 20 minutes
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The Voice of Children

The Voice of Children (2007)
for Solo Baritone Saxophone

I. Chasing in the Wind
II.  Solitude
III. Lullaby
IV. Making a Dream

Commissioned by Chih-Huan Wu

World Premiere:
July 10, 2009
World Saxophone Congress XV
Room A301, College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Chih-Huan Wu, baritone saxophone

Duration: 17 minutes
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