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Xiaoxiang

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Xiaoxiang

concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: alto saxophone and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Xiaoxiang refers to the region in Hunan Province, China where the rivers Xiao and Xiang intersect. A tragic event took place in that region during the Chinese Cultural Revolution: a woman’s husband was killed by a local official. Without the means to seek justice, she decided to take revenge on the official by wailing like a ghost in the forest behind the official’s residence every evening. Months later, both the official and herself went insane. I composed Memories of Xiaoxiang (for alto saxophone and electronics, 2003) to commemorate this story through the use of electronically transformed sounds. The concerto re-synthesizes the electronic sounds through the means of an orchestra. Instead of displaying technical virtuosity, the soloist in this piece portrays the protagonist’s inability to articulate or utter. The soloist’s music is marked by silences. In that sense, the work may be perceived as an anti-concerto. Xiaoxiang was commissioned by and dedicated to Chien-Kwan Lin who gave its premiere at the World Saxophone Congress XV in Bangkok with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan McMurray. The revised version was premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Gil Rose with Chien-Kwan Lin as the soloist, in Jordan Hall, Boston on March 28, 2014. --- Lei Liang "Xiaoxiang" was a Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Chien-Kwan Lin
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 28. März 2014 Boston, MA, Jordan Hall (USA) · Chien-Kwan Lin, saxophone · Dirigent: Gil Rose · Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Year of composition: 2009, rev. 2014
instrumentation: 2.2.2.bcl.2.-4.2.2.btbn.1-3perc(I. crot[2 octaves], bng, 2sus cym [high and medium], thin beaters, double bass bow [arco]; II. mar, crot[2 octaves], cong, cym, finger cym, tam-t, double bass bow [arco]; III. b.d, tempbl, vib, marac, double bass bow [arco])-hp-str(10.10.8.6.4)
Performances
Conductor: Jose Serebrier
Orchestra: Beijing Symphony Orchestra
2016-05-22 | Beijing (China, People's Republic), The Concert Hall of National Grand Theatre
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
2014-03-28 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall | World Premiere
Xiaoxiang refers to the region in Hunan Province, China where the rivers Xiao and Xiang intersect. A tragic event took place in that region during the Chinese Cultural Revolution: a woman’s husband was killed by a local official. Without the means to seek justice, she decided to take revenge on the official by wailing like a ghost in the forest behind the official’s residence every evening. Months later, both the official and herself went insane. I composed Memories of Xiaoxiang (for alto saxophone and electronics, 2003) to commemorate this story through the use of electronically transformed sounds. The concerto re-synthesizes the electronic sounds through the means of an orchestra. Instead of displaying technical virtuosity, the soloist in this piece portrays the protagonist’s inability to articulate or utter. The soloist’s music is marked by silences. In that sense, the work may be perceived as an anti-concerto. Xiaoxiang was commissioned by and dedicated to Chien-Kwan Lin who gave its premiere at the World Saxophone Congress XV in Bangkok with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan McMurray. The revised version was premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Gil Rose with Chien-Kwan Lin as the soloist, in Jordan Hall, Boston on March 28, 2014. --- Lei Liang "Xiaoxiang" was a Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Chien-Kwan Lin
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 28. März 2014 Boston, MA, Jordan Hall (USA) · Chien-Kwan Lin, saxophone · Dirigent: Gil Rose · Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Year of composition: 2009, rev. 2014
instrumentation: 2.2.2.bcl.2.-4.2.2.btbn.1-3perc(I. crot[2 octaves], bng, 2sus cym [high and medium], thin beaters, double bass bow [arco]; II. mar, crot[2 octaves], cong, cym, finger cym, tam-t, double bass bow [arco]; III. b.d, tempbl, vib, marac, double bass bow [arco])-hp-str(10.10.8.6.4)
Conductor: Jose Serebrier
Orchestra: Beijing Symphony Orchestra
2016-05-22 | Beijing (China, People's Republic), The Concert Hall of National Grand Theatre
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
2014-03-28 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall | World Premiere