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A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams

A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
A landscape emerges out of darkness, illuminated by an artist’s inner vision; distant contours, shapes, hints of color, and emptiness. As the viewer draws closer and closer to the landscape, lines and human presence begin to emerge, sounds to resonate, until we become one with each of its brush-strokes and ink splashes, with its every breath. The mountains are breathing, singing and roaring. The landscape vibrates, pulsates and dances; it takes flight; it stirs, swells, rises, grinds, surges, stretches and blooms; trembling, jolting, and collapsing, it breaks into fragments. ... Rain – drops and drops of rain – returns, to heal the landscape in ruin. A prayer, a resurrection, the rain brings life back to the landscapes, and it regains its gentle heartbeat.

A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams is a musical landscape that I painted with a sonic brush. Lei Liang
Details
Auftragswerk : This composition was made possible by the grant from the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2(1.pic, 2.afl).2.2(2.bcl).2-2.2.1.btbn.1-3perc(I: xylo, med. gong, bng, 2sus cym, tempbl, pepples, spring drum, lg tam-t, bamboo chimes, tub bells, bamboo chimes, guiro, finger cym, reibestock [friction stick, for arco], double bass bow; II: crot [2 octaves], mar, 2cong, lg cym, tempbl, pepples, med. spring drum, log drum, guiro, reibestock, double bass bow; III: crot [2 octaves], lg cym, b.d, tempbl, vib, bamboo chimes, pebbles, lg spring drum, timp, guiro, chamois mallets, double bass bow)-hp.pno-10.str(10.10.8.6.6)
Performances
Conductor: Hu Yongyan
Orchestra: Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-27 | Qingdao (China, People's Republic), Blüthner Grand Theater
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
2018-04-21 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall | World Premiere
A landscape emerges out of darkness, illuminated by an artist’s inner vision; distant contours, shapes, hints of color, and emptiness. As the viewer draws closer and closer to the landscape, lines and human presence begin to emerge, sounds to resonate, until we become one with each of its brush-strokes and ink splashes, with its every breath. The mountains are breathing, singing and roaring. The landscape vibrates, pulsates and dances; it takes flight; it stirs, swells, rises, grinds, surges, stretches and blooms; trembling, jolting, and collapsing, it breaks into fragments. ... Rain – drops and drops of rain – returns, to heal the landscape in ruin. A prayer, a resurrection, the rain brings life back to the landscapes, and it regains its gentle heartbeat.

A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams is a musical landscape that I painted with a sonic brush. Lei Liang
Auftragswerk : This composition was made possible by the grant from the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2(1.pic, 2.afl).2.2(2.bcl).2-2.2.1.btbn.1-3perc(I: xylo, med. gong, bng, 2sus cym, tempbl, pepples, spring drum, lg tam-t, bamboo chimes, tub bells, bamboo chimes, guiro, finger cym, reibestock [friction stick, for arco], double bass bow; II: crot [2 octaves], mar, 2cong, lg cym, tempbl, pepples, med. spring drum, log drum, guiro, reibestock, double bass bow; III: crot [2 octaves], lg cym, b.d, tempbl, vib, bamboo chimes, pebbles, lg spring drum, timp, guiro, chamois mallets, double bass bow)-hp.pno-10.str(10.10.8.6.6)
Conductor: Hu Yongyan
Orchestra: Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
2018-10-27 | Qingdao (China, People's Republic), Blüthner Grand Theater
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
2018-04-21 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall | World Premiere