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Luantan

for Latitude 49

The competition between high and low forms of theatre came to a high point in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Luantan (lit. chaotic playing) referred to the low forms of theatre and was looked down upon by the intellectuals. However, the rhythmic vitality and the dramatic singing style, which certainly reflected its “vulgar” roots, had their own unique charm and energy.

 

I often reflect on whether my own aesthetic pursuits are too pretentious, and I have much to learn from the Luantan style. Thus in my spare time, I wrote this little clumsy work. It should certainly not be examined in detail because of its laughable quality.

Dust

for orchestra

During this moment, there is nothing in the world that’s not a flower. 

 

Gaze at the ever-expansive sky on the sea surface. Within that stretch of blue, we are blind to the flame so distant below. Watch the drifting blossoms under the sunrise in rain. Within that stretch of red, waves carry them toward the unknown. 

 

During this moment, there is nothing in the world that’s not a flower. 

Fallen Petals

for soprano and orchestra

In the night came the sound of wind and rain,
Who knows how many flowers fell?

 

My Native Soil

five studies for piano

Voices

series for various solo instruments and piano

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