Wind City Symphony Poem
(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.

Program notes

The was composed after a journey to the Hsinchu City. The piece is consisted of the following six movements:

  • 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.
This piece was commissioned by the Hsinchu Wind Orchestra in 2006.