| Wind City
(wind band, 2006) [22'02"]
I. Wind Talk [6’27”]
II. Tanya Festival [2’29”]
III. The View of Farm Field [2’07”]
IV. God Bless All [3’12”]
V. Fantasy World [3’45”]
VI. Science [4’42”]
This piece was world-premiered at the Hsinchu Culture Center
on April 9, 2006. It was performed by the Hsinchu Wind
Orchestra, with Prof. Lian-Chang Kuo conducting.
The was composed after a journey to the Hsinchu City. The
piece is consisted of the following six movements:
This piece was commissioned by the Hsinchu Wind Orchestra in
- The 1st Mov. “Wind Talk” - Different
dimensions of resonance are created by means of
self-vibrating, merging, contradicting, revealing, and
vanishing. Their inner diversions, dispersions, and
variations into all directions support the expansion of
music, like conversation of the wind. In this way, Many
features of the wind are represented in this work.
- The 2nd Mov. “Tayal Festival” - The melody was
traditional of the Tayal tribe of Taiwan. It was sung for
their ilsin, which was akin to a New Year celebration and
involved the whole community. Its purpose was to venerate
the spirits and tribal ancestors at the end of the year as a
way of thanking them for their protection and praying for a
plentiful harvest and good fortune in the year ahead.
- The 3rd Mov. “The View of Farm Field” -
It’s a continuation from the previous movement. It
describes the life in the farm field in the traditional
Taiwanese agricultural society. This movement is joyfully
and the melody derives from the song, ”farm
field”, by Dr.Yang Jau Jen.
- The 4th Mov. “God Bless All” - Ritual
activities are being performed all over the world in
different forms for different cultures. This movement
illustrates the most commonly seen ceremonial celebrations
with percussion and flutes, oboes, and realizes the various
sensations of the ritual. This introduces fast and variable
rhythms with tom-toms, congos and bongos, sometimes high,
sometime low, and sometimes exhilarating. A unique
characteristic of this piece is that bold shouts are added
to express exuberance in the performance.
- The 5th Mov. “Fantasy World” - The motivation
comes from Hsinchu’s glass industry and the admiration
for glass arts. The imagination of a fatasy would develops
by emphasizing the glass sounds. At the beginning,
two glockenspiels are used to express a fantasy world of
glass. The main structural material of the piece is the
cycling and transforming of various types of intervals,
giving colors and meanings to the piece.
- The 6th Mov. “Science” - The concluding theme
is science and technology, a celebration of Taiwan’s
vitality. The essential feature of the composition lies in
the complex and ornate inter covering of many musical parts
moving simultaneously. A cheerful melody emerges as the
music reaches a concluding climax.