Commissioned by the Ding Yi Music Company for the Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2019

Programme Notes

Commissioned by the Ding Yi Music Company, the title Trio for 6 is a playful nod to the Chinese name of the Taiwanese Chinese chamber ensemble 3People Music, for whom this piece is composed, together with three more musicians from the Ding Yi Music Company.  The timbres of the various instruments played by the six musicians are constantly combined and reconfigured in different ways to create a maximum of three different musical layers at any one time, thereby functioning as a trio for six musicians, and also to showcase the heterophonic nature of Chinese folk and classical music.  The entire piece alternates between frivolous and serious passages woven from a musical collage of musical quotations from Chinese folk and classical tunes featuring different species of flowers, resulting in a colorful melange of timbres and textures, serving as a musical metaphor for a vibrant garden of flowers, sometimes neat and organized, as if tended to in an ancient garden, or sometimes messier and more haphazard, as if blooming in the wild.


 

此曲受鼎艺团委约,创作给来自台湾的三个人室内乐团及鼎艺团的三位演奏家首演,而曲名《六个人的三重奏》诙谐地寓意着“三个人”这个组合的名字。在这首曲子里,六位演奏家所演奏的各种乐器音色不断地进行各种组合的搭配,而曲子中任何时候都不超过三个音乐层,故构成一首六个人的三重奏,其中的搭配组合也显示了华族民间音乐以及古曲中支声复音的特性。曲子中轻佻的乐段穿插着较为严肃的段落,而整首是由各以“花”为主题的民歌及古曲中的乐句及旋律片段交织成一幅色彩鲜艳的新作品,犹如一座长满各品种鲜花的花园,时而端庄有序,时而杂乱任意。

 

 

Performance History

Premiered by 3peoplemusic - Kuo Min-Chin (guzheng), Pan I-Tung (ruan), Jen Chung (dizi), as well as three members from the Ding Yi Music Company - Fred Chan Hong Wei (erhu), Soh Swee Kiat (sheng), and Low Yik Hung (percussion), under the baton of Quek Ling Kiong, on 14 September 2019 in the Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore.


 

Trio for 6: "Flowers"  六个人的三重奏:《花》(2019)

for dizi, gaoyinsheng, erhu, guzheng, ruan, percussion 

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