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Primordial for piano quintet

Classical/Chamber music • 2009
 
     
 

Primordial for piano quintet


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Instrumentation
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Scored for
Quintet
Type of score
Full score
Publisher
Man-Ching Donald Yu
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
20'0
Primordial consists of eight movements and each movement corresponds to each particular nature in the ancient Chinese Tai Chi philosophy, the Ba Gua. The first movement is titled “Heaven.” The music fades in at the beginning and gradually builds up to an energetic state at the end which describes the expansive energy of sky. The second movement is titled “Earth” and the music is characterized by dramatic musical gestures with frequent contrast of dynamics which describes the receptive energy of earth. The third movement “Wind” is featured by subtle diatonic ostinato gestures while sometimes impressionistic gestures are blended with light and high registral glissando patterns for describing the gentle penetration and flexibility of wind. The fourth movement “Thunder” is extremely dramatic which depicts the nature of thunder. The music begins with a four-note motivic cell and this constantly develops throughout the piece. The fifth movement “Water” begins with mysterious slowly glissando patterns in all of the string parts which depict the meaning of water--- danger and abyss. In the central section, the music becomes more rapid and is dominated by flashy constantly moving musical gestures depicting rapid rivers. The sixth movement “Fire” is comprised of various energetic and fast tremolo-like gestures which describe its meaning---rapid movement, radiance and the sun. The seventh movement “Mountain” shows some contrasts in character in that the music becomes extremely slow which implies the meaning of stillness and immovability of mountains. The last movement “Lake” expresses joy and satisfaction and the music shows contrast with the previous movement in terms of moods and gestures. All in all, the whole piece manifests the fusion of Chinese colours, impressionistic elements, and Western techniques generating my own voice.
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