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Verge

Verge

for eighteen solo strings


  • Instrumentation: 18 solo strings
  • Edition: performance material

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director
Content text:

This piece was composed on the verge of an exciting moment in my life: the birth of our son Albert Shin Liang. Albert’s musical name – A, B (Bb), E, D (re) – asserts itself in different configurations and disguises as basic harmonic and melodic material. His heartbeat also makes an appearance in the form of changing tempi and pulsations. In a sense, I composed the piece in order to make a musical amulet for Albert.

On a technical level, I was fascinated by the dialectical relationship between the convergence and divergence of musical voices found in the traditional heterophonic music of Mongolia. There, the functionality of a principal line and its accompaniment can interchange, and often not synchronously.

The 18 strings are divided into antiphonal groups: left versus right, front versus rear. They diverge into various sub-ensembles, quartets, and also appear as 18 virtuosic soloists. Near the end, they converge into a singular voice.

Verge was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director, Alan Gilbert. It was premiered on December 17th, 2009 in Symphony Space at the inaugural concert of the Philharmonic’s new music series CONTACT!, conducted by Magnus Lindberg.

– Lei Liang

Performance duration: 11'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 17. Dezember 2009 New York, NY, Symphony Space (USA) · Dirigent: Magnus Lindberg
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: 8vn.4va.4vc.2db
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory
2016-04-01 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
2013-08-03 | Putney, VT (United States of America)
Conductor: Hiroaki Takaha
Orchestra: Toho Gakuen School of Music Students
2012-09-02 | Tokyo (Japan), Toho Gakuen School of Music | national Premiere
Conductor: Steven Schick
Orchestra: University of California San Diego
2012-02-01 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Conrad Prebys Music Center
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory
2011-12-09 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
Conductor: Magnus Lindberg
2009-12-17 | New York, NY (United States of America), Symphony Space | World Premiere
Audio Stream
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director
Content text:

This piece was composed on the verge of an exciting moment in my life: the birth of our son Albert Shin Liang. Albert’s musical name – A, B (Bb), E, D (re) – asserts itself in different configurations and disguises as basic harmonic and melodic material. His heartbeat also makes an appearance in the form of changing tempi and pulsations. In a sense, I composed the piece in order to make a musical amulet for Albert.

On a technical level, I was fascinated by the dialectical relationship between the convergence and divergence of musical voices found in the traditional heterophonic music of Mongolia. There, the functionality of a principal line and its accompaniment can interchange, and often not synchronously.

The 18 strings are divided into antiphonal groups: left versus right, front versus rear. They diverge into various sub-ensembles, quartets, and also appear as 18 virtuosic soloists. Near the end, they converge into a singular voice.

Verge was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director, Alan Gilbert. It was premiered on December 17th, 2009 in Symphony Space at the inaugural concert of the Philharmonic’s new music series CONTACT!, conducted by Magnus Lindberg.

– Lei Liang

Performance duration: 11'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 17. Dezember 2009 New York, NY, Symphony Space (USA) · Dirigent: Magnus Lindberg
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: 8vn.4va.4vc.2db
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory
2016-04-01 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
2013-08-03 | Putney, VT (United States of America)
Conductor: Hiroaki Takaha
Orchestra: Toho Gakuen School of Music Students
2012-09-02 | Tokyo (Japan), Toho Gakuen School of Music | national Premiere
Conductor: Steven Schick
Orchestra: University of California San Diego
2012-02-01 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Conrad Prebys Music Center
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory
2011-12-09 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
Conductor: Magnus Lindberg
2009-12-17 | New York, NY (United States of America), Symphony Space | World Premiere
Other Editions
  • full score
    ED 31083
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