for string quartet(2016)
|Commission||Commissioned by Art of Elan for the Formosa Quartet, with the support from Koussevitzky Music Foundation and Chamber Music America|
|Premiere||March 29, 2016; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Formosa Quartet|
Song Recollections is based on the beautiful folk music of Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, which I fell in love with many years ago. My good friends from Taiwan introduced these songs to me when I was a college student. I was, and still am, amazed by this magical music! My quartet treats each song as a musical ‘landscape’ through which one can ‘travel’. To compose a work is very much like curating a journey for a listener to traverse through the song’s inner terrain and sonic landscape.
- Lei Liang