Ballade Recording

Today I have received a DVD sent by Sayun and Yu-Hao’s mom. The DVD is the live performance of  Taiwanese Aboriginal Concert, which took place at Miaoli International Culture and Tourism Bureau Concert Hall (Taiwan) on July 8, 2012. Sayun asked me to compose a new piece for her and Yu-Hao to perform in this concert. Ballade (2012) for violin and percussion is the piece for this particular occasion. I regret that I was not available to attend the premiere performance because I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for participating the Eighth Thailand International Composition Festival on that day. However, it is my pleasure to know that Sayun and Yu-Hao really did a great job for this piece by watching the DVD. I have posted the sound track of Ballade in this website, please click this link “Ballade” for listening the music and reading the performance notes.

今天我收到幼欣跟祐豪的媽媽寄來的DVD,這DVD是2012年7月8日在台灣苗栗縣國際文化觀光局演藝廳,台灣原住民族音樂饗宴音樂會的現場演出。幼欣問我能否幫她跟祐豪譜寫一個新的曲子在這場音樂會演出,因此我寫了這首為小提琴跟打擊的二重奏《敘事曲》。因為演出當天我在泰國曼谷參加第八屆泰國國際作曲音樂節,我很遺憾無法聽見這首曲子的世界首演,不過看了DVD之後,我很開心知道幼欣跟祐豪的演出相當成功。我已經把這首曲子首演的實況錄音放到這個網站,請點擊這個連結聆聽首演的錄音跟閱讀此曲的樂曲解說:《敘事曲》。

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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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Love Song from the Kalabai River

Love Song from the Kalabai River (2010)
for Solo Percussion and Orchestra

Commissioned by  Sayun Chang

World Premiere:
August 1, 2010
Taiwanese Aborigines Concert
National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Sayun Chang, percussion
Wen-Chen Chuang conducts Evengreeen Symphony Orchestra

Instrumentation:
1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (Bb), 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons,
1 Contrabassoon, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets (C), 1 Trombone, 1 Bass Trombone
Timpani, Percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, 3 Cowbells, Slapsticks, Claves, Tambourine, Bamboo Wind Chime), Solo Percussion (Marimba, 5 Wood Blocks, 3 Tom-Toms, Kick Drum), and Strings

Duration: 13 minutes
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