PROGRAM NOTES

LUSHAN FALLS

The sun shines on the Peak of Incense Burner*,
And the purple vapour rises like smoke.
Lo, the long stream of water hung up yonder!
Straight down three thousand feet the flying torrent leaps,
As if the Silver River** were falling from the ninth heaven.

Li-bai (701 – 762)
Tong Dynasty, China

* “Incense Burner” is a nickname for Lushan (a mountain)
** The Milky Way

Composed in 2001 this orchestral piece is a picture of the scenic landscape of Lushan Falls, as depicted by the poem.

The piece consists of four sections reflecting the meaning of the poem. The music is derived from a folk song of the Jiangxi Province, China, a region where Lushan stands. The music begins with fragments of the folk tune in the flutes’ lower registers and the percussion instruments’ glittering sound - “the sun shines on the Peak of Incense Burner and the purple vapour rises like smoke”. A long extensive melody of the folk song gradually becomes increasingly clear in the violins as one is overlooking the long stream of water “hung up yonder”. Music moves to the climatic point of extreme sonority of the orchestra tutti - “straight down three thousand feet the flying torrent leaps”. This long descending section moves from fortissimo to pianissimo, from the highest to the lowest registers of the orchestra. Returning to the folk song with traditional Chinese harmony, the piece finishes calmly and peacefully.

 

望盧山瀑布

作於2001年,此曲靈感來自唐詩 《望盧山瀑布》:

李白

日照香爐升紫煙,
遙看瀑布挂前川。
飛流直下三千尺,
疑是銀河落九天。

以盧山所在地江西省民歌為基調,以詩中四句為格式,此曲意圖展現出李白詩中對盧山瀑布之生動描寫

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No one else in Sydney is doing this, and you are providing a great contribution to our musical scene.

Steven Machamer - Timpanist 

 

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Trimor Dhomi - Composer (Kosovo)

 

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The SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

Prof  Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum - Composer (Australia)

 

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