TITLE: The Lanke Mountain
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 96 (2016)
INSTRUMENTATION: cl., tpt., perc., pno., vla., db.
DURATION (APPROX): 12’00
NOTE: Commission for the 2016 China-ASEAN Music Week
PREMIERE: 2016_06_09 during the 2016 China-ASEAN Music Week (Nanning, China) by the New Music Coop’s Combo Ensemble (Turkey) in the Guangxi Arts University Concert Hall.
NOTE2: The LanKe Mountain is based on the Sichuan Opera of the same name, which spawned the proverb – “Poured water cannot be retrieved.”
The story follows that, in the Han dynasty, the scholar Zhu Maichen was pressed by his wife Cui Shi for a divorce, which Zhu reluctantly obliged. Soon, Zhu passed the government examination and became governor of the province. When Zhu was traveling to the governor’s mansion, Cui stopped the procession and pled with Zhu to take her back. Zhu poured a pail of water on the ground and told Cui that he would take her back if she could retrieve the poured water. She could not. Zhu left. Cui, crazed, jumped into a nearby river and drowned.
Often the voice in Sichuan opera is wild and unrestrained and in my composition, I attempt to lend some of this quality to the performers. Similar to Sichuan opera, my piece references aria, recitative and instrumental interludes. However, regarding the aria, the influence is not only of the performance onstage, but also the actions and sounds that occur simultaneously backstage and in the audience.
Additional material is provided through psychoacoustic analyses of vocal and instrumental performance found in Sichuan opera.
NOTE3: The piece was premiered 2016_06_09 in Nanning, China on June 09, 2016 by the New Music Coop’s Combo Ensemble (Turkey) in the Guangxi Arts University Concert Hall.