Soundscape (聲景) : for Violin, Percussion, and Piano (2012)

Performed by eco ensemble (conducted by David Milnes), Apr. 2012, Berkeley, CA, USA

Program Note:

This piece is inspired by ‘Three Poems in Search of the Composer/Singer,’ written by Chen Li (a contemporary poet in Taiwan). The work is composed of three visual poems with the subtitles of “Starry Night,” “Wind Blowing over the Plain,” and “Footprints in the Snow.” Each visual poem creates a scene and atmosphere full of imagination, which motivates me to transform the images into music.

I employ three main materials with different characteristics to represent the poetic scenes. I hope, by means of the timbre of music, to shape and interpret the landscapes of the starry night, the blowing wind, and the footprints in the snow. Instead of following the poetic form and dividing the piece into three individual movements, I merge the three landscapes, recombining and interweaving them, in order to create my own “soundscape.”

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此曲樂念來自陳黎〈三首尋找作曲家/演唱家的詩〉。這首圖象詩由「星夜」、「吹過平原的風」與「雪上足印」三首短詩所組成,創造出三種情景,圖象詩的表達方式賦予讀者極大的想像空間,也給了我將詩中情境轉化為音樂的靈感。

在曲中,我運用三種特質迥異的主要素材描繪詩中的情景,透過音色的經營與變化,我希望能形塑出星夜、微風、雪上足印的風景。然而,我並未依照詩的形式將樂曲分成三個獨立的段落,而選擇將這三種風景融合重組,進而創造出屬於我自己的「聲景」。

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