solo marimba 7′
Yu-Ling Chiu, Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 10th of April 2016
Score (PDF) available on this website € 20,-
I made many arrangements for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and one of them was a compact version of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen with an extremely challenging marimba part. The musician who would perform this part had to cancel a few days before the first rehearsal…. Of course small panic but he said that a student from Taiwan named Yu-ling Chiu would be able to play this part, even on this short notice. And so she did. What an amazing musician! I worked with her on many occasions after that and promised to write her a piece for her Masters exam at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
I also asked her to give me her favourite poem to base this composition on and she brought me the following:
<相見歡> 作者: 李煜
Xiang Jian Huan (Joy at Meeting) by Li Yu ( 937 – 978)
Joy at meeting
In silence, alone, I climb the western tower
to see the sickle of the moon
A wutong tree stands lonely in the autumn-locked courtyard
Our ties have been cut but not severed by sorrowful parting
An unspeakable taste is in my heart
At certain points in the score the text has to be recited. This can be in Chinese or in the english translation. It is a good idea to include the text in the concert program.