for bamboo flute ensemble(2018)
|Commission||Commissioned by the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra and its Artistic Director, Zhang Weiliang|
|Premiere||December 12, 2018; The Grand National Theater of China, Beijing, China; The Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra • Zhang Weiliang, conductor|
|Instrumentation||Bamboo flutes 1 & 2 (soprano, in C, sounding an octave higher)|
Bamboo flutes 3 & 4 (alto, in G, sounding as written)
Bamboo flutes 5 & 6 (baritone, in D, sounding as written)
Bamboo flutes 7 & 8 (baritone, in C, sounding as written)
Bamboo flutes 9 & 10 (baritone, in G, sounding as written)
Solo (when marked) indicates adding ornaments freely.
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