A concerto for orchestra, conductor, audience, overtone singing and zhongruan
為交響樂團, 指揮, 觀眾, 泛音詠唱及中阮而作
12 min.
Instrumentation: conductor-audience, 2.picc.2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn- singer
World premiere: HKAPA Academy Symphony Orchestra; Hippocrates Cheng, overtone singing soloist; Teddy Yeung, zhongruan; Prof. Sharon Choa, conductor, 5 January 2018, HKAPA Concert Hall, HK
世界首演: 香港演藝學院演藝交響樂團; 鄭靖楠, 泛音詠唱; 楊家樑, 中阮; 蔡敏德, 指揮, 2018年1月5日, 香港演藝學院音樂廳, 香港
Performance: City University Philharmonic Orchestra; Hippocrates Cheng, overtone singing soloist; Teddy Yeung, zhongruan; Chiu Kai Keung, conductor, 22 April 2018, Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, HK
演出: 香港城市大學管弦樂團; 鄭靖楠, 泛音詠唱; 楊家樑, 中阮; 趙啟強, 指揮, 2018年4月22日, 荃灣大會堂演奏廳, 香港
Programme note
I often question myself: Who am I? What is my role in society? What could I do for the world? Those questions focus on the present, but how about ‘What could I leave for the World?’ This question comes to my mind when I am imagining my last moment of being alive. I always dream to leave a legacy which could be devoting and inspiring to society. Therefore, I named this piece as ‘What could I leave for the world’ to answer the previous question.
This piece summarizes my two-year master study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. This piece is inspired by the aesthetics and features on Harmonic Series, Resonance and Flowing Time, Nanyin, Gongs & Drums in Cantonese Opera and etc. At the same time, I incorporate both Eastern and Western music elements into the piece and try to create a unique soundscape which could resonate with our past, present and future soundcloud.
Furthermore, this Concerto for Orchestra demands highly collaborative efforts from every orchestra member. Many musical materials are fragmented and distributed to different sections. Therefore, the integrity of the piece requires a high level of virtuosity and musicianship from each member.
There are several interactive sections for conductor and orchestra featuring a new effect called ‘Orchestra Panning’. It is a multi-perspective sound panning effect led by the conductor’s hand gestures. Therefore, the conductor could contribute his or her own voice into the piece.
At last, I also incorporate overtone singing and zhongruan as a colour for the music and a surprise for the audience.



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