for woodwind quintet(2018)
|Commission||Commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc., 2018|
|Premiere||July 25, 2018; Bennington, Vermont; Bennington Chamber Music Festival|
Clarinet in Bb
Having been interested in Mahayana Buddhism for a number of years, I went to a Buddhist monastery in upstate New York to study meditation in 1999. One 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. This image gave me insight into my relationship with silence: underneath the music is a profoundly deep silence upon which I seek to inscribe my signature through sound. It serves as a point of departure that led to a series of works.
– Lei Liang