Listening for Blossoms
for flute, harp, violin, viola, double bass and piano(2011)
|Commission||Southwest Chamber Ensemble and Cicada Chamber Ensemble|
|Premiere||January 26, 2013; Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School; Los Angeles, CA; Southwest Chamber Music|
The sound of blossoms is a theme in both Chinese and Japanese traditional poetry, and it arose as part of the Taoist and Buddhist practice of meditation. If one contemplates in complete stillness, one can hear the blossoms. This piece was also inspired by the idea of layering of surfaces as well as an ambiguous and subtle world of time found in these poetic texts.
Listening for Blossoms was jointly commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music and Cicada Chamber Players. It was begun while I was in residence at Copland House, Cortlandt Manor, NY, as a recipient of the Aaron Copland Award, and was completed at the American Academy in Rome in September 2011. The Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble gave its world premiere at the Los Angeles International New Music Festival in Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA on January 26, 2013.
- Lei Liang