version for flute and alto saxophone(1999; rev. 2013)
|Commission||Orlando Cela and Masumi Yoneyama|
|Premiere||Orlando Cela and Masumi Yoneyama, on January 18, 2000 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston|
Lake was composed after I spent sometime in a Buddhist monastery in upstate New York in the early spring of 1999. In an evening while walking alone by the side of the lake, I caught the sight of a “V” shape floating and extending on the surface of the water. It was a beaver taking a swim under the moon. I wished then to write a piece of music that served as the silent surface of water on which performers could inscribe their signatures in sounds.
Lake was commissioned by flutists Orlando Cela and Masumi Yoneyama who gave its premiere on January 18, 2000 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The version for flute and alto saxophone was arranged for the Awea Duo (Jennifer Brimson Cooper and Masahito Sugihara) in 2013.
- Lei Liang