For yangqin and chamber orchestra
為揚琴和室內樂團而作
Commissioned by Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association
8 min.
Instrumentation: dizi, clarinet in Bb, sheng, yangqin, pipa, zhongruan, violin, cello
World premiere: The Hong Kong Legends; Byran Lai, yangqin; Leung Chi Cheung, conductor, 13 November 2020, Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium, HK
世界首演: 香港傳奇; 賴應斌, 揚琴; 梁志鏘, 指揮, 2020年11月13日, 沙田大會堂演奏廳, 香港
Another version: Yangqin Concertino – Apliu Street and Technology 揚琴小協奏曲 – 鴨寮街與科技 (2018) *, For yangqin and string quartet, 8′ (2018年1月20日演, Small chamber)
Programme note
Apliu Street has long been reputed in Hong Kong as a market of high technological gadgets for very reasonable prices. Many people would subconsciously associate Apliu Street and high technology. The composer utilizes yangqin to depict the nostalgic but high-tech Apliu Street, while other instruments are designed to mimic customers, passers-by, and the surrounding atmosphere. Yangqin and other instruments often imitate and interact with one another. Sometimes they would also fall into antiphonal dialogues to re-enact the bargaining scenes in Apliu Street, so that the audience may re-live the hustle and the unique soundscape via the music.
“Apliu Street and Technology" was composed in 2018, scored as a concertino for yangqin and string quartet. Yangqin soloist Yuen Ka Yi gave its world premiere in “New Concertino Music & Creative Video Presentation : Featuring the Rising Stars" in the same year. The composer is commissioned by the Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association in 2020 to recompose and rearrange the piece for yangqin solo and chamber orchestra. The composer would like to take this opportunity again to express his gratitude towards Mr. Bryan Lai taking up the role of yangqin solo and Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association for the chance of publishing this composition the second time.
樂曲介紹
唔該,我想要部收音機。
你想要高科技定超高科技嘅?
吓…有咩分別?
高科技嘅可以一秒收台,仲有兩粒 3A 電芯送
咁超高科技呢?
超高科技嘅可以半秒收台,仲有三粒 3A 電芯送
幾錢先 ?
30 同 32 蚊。
Wow……唔該晒!
深水埗的鴨寮街一直被視為價格相宜的高科技產品市場。許多人會下意識地把鴨寮街和高科技劃上等號。作曲家利用揚琴描繪了既懷舊但又高科技的鴨寮街,而其他樂器則模仿顧客、路人和週遭的環境。 揚琴和其他樂器在互動中經常模仿對方,有時還會你一言我一語,像極了鴨寮街上討價還價的場景。通過這些音樂上的手法,作曲家便可在觀眾眼前重現喧囂和獨特的音景。
《鴨寮街與科技》創作於2018年,原為揚琴小協奏曲。揚琴演奏家袁嘉怡於同年的「演藝小協奏曲新作與創意影像音樂會:冒起的新秀」裡擔任獨奏,為此曲作世界首演。作曲家於2020年應樂樂國樂團之委約,重新編配此曲為揚琴獨奏與室內樂隊演出之用。 再次感謝賴應斌先生為此曲擔任揚琴獨奏,及樂樂國樂團之委約邀請,令這作品能有再次發表的機會。

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