I Curse the Time of River

—— A Concert by Ensemble Novel




At 15:00 on May 22, 2017/ Monday

CCOM Recital Hall

Yu Ji conductor

1. Ding Mu                    A Letter To You in 100 Years for Oboe , Clarinet ,Piano , Percussion,

                                     Violin , Cello and Actress (2017)

I. Miles to go before I sleep

II. The birds of youth all flew off the sky

III. Our generation

IV. Confess after the mask

2. Sofia Gubaidulina       In Croce for Cello and Accordion (1979/1992)

3. Huo Feifei                  Labyrinth for Oboe,Clarinet, Piano, Percussion,

                                     Accordion,Violin,Cello and Double Bass (2017)


4. Qin Wenchen             Sounds,Arousing the Memories (Accordion Edition) for Clarinet,

                                      Accordion , Guitar , Zheng , Violoncello and Percussion (2008)

5. Li Jingyuan                You can’t go home again for Harmonica, Oboe, Clarinet,Percussion,

                                      Piano, Accordion, Violin, Viola, Cello andImage (2015/2017)

6. Philip Glass                String Quartet No.3 --- Mishima for String Quartet(1985)

I.Award Montage

II. November 25 --- Ichigaya

III.Grandmother & Kimitake

IV.Body building

V.Blood Oath



Members of Ensemble Novel :


Li Jingyuan & Ding Mu, founder

Yu Ji, music director


Xu Xiaonan, accordion

He Shucong, first violin

Zhang Haoya, second violin

Fu Yingjuan, cello

Lv Shuqing, clarinet

Zheng Dian, obeo

Cong Rong, piano

Hu Weihong, percussion


Li Boshen, viola(invite)

Qiu Shuhao, cello(invite)

Chen chen,double bass(invite)

Zhang Jiawei, clarinet(invite)

Wang Yalun, Guitar (invite)

Zhang Jiakang, Zheng (invite)

Lin Yan, actress(invite)

Hu Yue , Voice (invite)

Shi Kaiwen, Voice and Whistle (invite)


Gui Yunchuan, manager

Ensemble Novel

Ensemble Novel was spontaneously founded by a group of young excellent students from Central Academy of Music in December 2014.  It is the first full-time chamber orchestra of modern music in China.  The orchestra was sponsored by a Sweden company, Blueair AB and its founder, Mr. BengtRittri in March 2015, to initiate the Blueair Contemporaries Project, which aims to promote the new works by Chinese contemporary composers together with enterprises.

Ensemble Novel has so far held four concerts, "It is the Dog that died", "You Can not Go Back Home Again", "Blueair Contemporaries First Anniversary Concert" and "In Our Time & Ensemble Novel Second Anniversary Concert ", launched a total of 18 original music pieces.

Under the organization and invitation of the founder Li Jingyuan and Ding Mu, the top students and outstanding young teachers from different disciplines of Central Academy of Music were brought together, including Music Director Yu Ji, Orchestra Head Xu Xiaonan, performers He Shicong, Zhang Haoya, Fu Yingjuan, Lv Shuqing, Zheng Dian, Cong Rong, Hu Weihong, manager Gui Yunchuan.  "In Our Time” & Ensemble Novel Second Anniversary Concert was held in the concert hall of Central Academy of Music.  It is the first concert after Ensemble Novel Orchestra alters to a new pattern, and symbolize that the Orchestra’s members are fixed, elite and mature.  The concert made a very enthusiastic response and opened a new chapter for Ensemble Novel.

Ensemble Novel will continue to focus on popularizing and promoting modern music, including new works by contemporary young composers, to give young composers more opportunities to perform their new works.

Composers  According to the repertoire order

Ding Mu

Ding Mu was born in 1995 in Changchun, Jinlin Province. After being admitted into the affiliated school of the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts in 2007, she has studied under two renowned masters of Erhu, Tianzaili, Yeqiang. Entering in the Composition Department of Central Conservatory of Music in 2013, she was apprenticed to Doctor Hu Yinyue, Doctor Chen Yonggang and Professor Qin Wenchen.


Her work,《An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog》, was performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in 2015. Another successful one, called 《Hulan River》,was chosen into the Third Promotion Scheme for Chamber Opera.

Sofia Gubaidulina


Sofia Gubaidulina was born in Chistopol in the Tatar Republic of the Soviet Union in 1931. After instruction in piano and composition at the Kazan Conservatory, she studied composition with Nikolai Peiko at the Moscow Conservatory, pursuing graduate studies there under Vissarion Shebalin. Until 1992, she lived in Moscow. Since then, she has made her primary residence in Germany, outside Hamburg.


Gubaidulina made her first visit to North America in 1987 as a guest of Louisville's "Sound Celebration." She has returned many times since as a featured composer of festivals — Boston's "Making Music Together" (1988), Vancouver's "New Music" (1991), Tanglewood (1997), Marlboro (2016) — and for other performance milestones. From the retrospective concert by Continuum (New York, 1989) to the world premieres of commissioned works — Pro et Contra by the Louisville Orchestra (1989), String Quartet No. 4 by the Kronos Quartet (New York, 1994), Dancer on a Tightrope by Robert Mann and Ursula Oppens (Washington, DC, 1994), the Viola Concerto by Yuri Bashmet with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano (1997), Two Paths ("A Dedication to Mary and Martha") for two solo violas and orchestra, by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur (1999), and Light of the End by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Masur (2003) — the accolades of American critics have been ecstatic.


Huo Feifei

Huo Feifei, born in 1985 in Urumchi, China, received his musical education in piano, composition and conducting since young. He studied composition with Ye Guohui since 2005 at the department of composition and conducting at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, from where he obtained his Bachelor Degree and Master Degree. He is currently reading his doctoral degree in composition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Huo’s important compositions include: Impromptus for Balladry (2007) for piano solo, The Sound of Blooming (2009) for 14 performers, Idol of Mountains (2009) for cello and piano, Yuugen (2011) for chamber orchestra, Stardust (2013) for strings quartet and piano, Free Pieces (2015) for orchestra, Music for A Simple Life (2015), The Ruse of the Empty City (2016) for Laosheng and orchestra, Beyond Speech (2017) for 6 performers, etc.

Wenchen Qin

Wenchen Qin is a professor of composition at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and a distinguished professor at China Conservatory of Music.

Qin is one of the most influential composers in China at present. He wrote commissioned works for many international music organizations including Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Internationales Beethovenfest Bonn, Warsaw Autumn, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. His works were widely performed in the world by more than seventy well-known music ensembles in China and other countries including French Ensemble Intercontemporain, German Ensemble Recherche, French L'Ensemble Itineraire, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Ensemble Europeo Antidogma of Torino Italy, Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra, St.

Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Russia, Nieuw Ensemble Holland,Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (CMEK), Polish Sinfonia Varsoviaand almost all of the best Chinese ensembles. His compositions were disseminated through many important international musical organizations including Northern Deutch Radio (NDR), West Deutch Radio (WDR), Radio France, Swiss Radio, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and ORF-Radio, and were performed at quite a number of international music festivals.

Qin won awards for seven of his works at international composition competitions in Germany, USA, Japan and Taiwan.

Wenchen Qin is a contract composer with world-known Sikorski Musikverlag, and the company works as an agent for the publication and international promotion of all his works.

Li Jingyuan

Li Jingyuan was admitted to the Central Conservatory Of Music in Sep 2013, he studied under Prof. Guo Wenjing , the director of the Composition Department.

Li has won serval composition awards include the 1st prize of The 6th River Composition Awads and his work has been performed by different ensembles in china. At the end of 2015, Li’s Chamber music work <Disappeared in the passover>has been performed by Klangforum Wien in shanghai and one year later, he collaborated with librettist Xu Ying(who co-wrote Opera <Tea: A Mirror Of Soul with Mr Tan Dun and Opera <The Rickshaw Boy> with Mr Guo Wenjing)on his first chamber opera <Jigokuhen> (adapted from Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s short story) and has this performed in Beijing.

Philip Glass

Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century.

Glass's compositions have been described as minimal music, similar to other "minimalist" composers including La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. owever, Glass has described himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures", hich he has helped evolve stylistically.

Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, eleven symphonies, eleven concertos, seven string quartets and various other chamber music, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.


Yu Ji

Yu Ji is a junior conductor who currently studies in department of conducting, Central Conservatory of Music, under the supervision of illustrious conductor Prof. Yu Feng.


Yu Ji has wide cooperation with operas and orchestras all over the state, including China National Opera House, Shanghai Opera House, Fujian Opera House, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra and China Youth Symphony Orchestra. Together With these societies Yu Ji performed music pieces such as Stravinsky' s the Firebird, Beethoven' s Overture from Egmont, Symphony #5 in C Minor, Brahms' Symphony #3 in F Major, Prokofiev' s Symphony #1 in D and Peter and Wolf as well as several operas like La Traviata, Madama Butterfly and Turandot.


Xu Xiaonan(photo by Nathalie Qual)

Xu Xiaonan , accordionist,is a teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music.


Xu's road to profession began with the admission to the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in 2005. In 2011, he was elected onto the list of first Top-notch Innovative Personnel Cultivation Project(BOB).In 2010, his dual major was obtained in composition under gaiduance of Qin Wenchen and Hao Weiya.In 2016,he obtained master’s degree in accordion playing under guidance of Prof.Cao Xiaoqing.


He is the 1st prize winner of all the three international competitions that are identified by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.Besides, he is the winner of the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music(2015). Xu is also quite active on the stage, putting on special performances, involved in many international art festivals such as in Russia,Germany,USA,Italy,Portuguesa,Serbia. Xu also keeps an active collaboration with composers. He debuted in a number of accordion solos and original works of chamber music. His performances often can be heard on soundtracks of a great many movies and TV shows.He has published two accordion solo albums.

Shuqing Lv

Shuqing Lv was born in 1994. He was admitted to Xi'an Conservatory of Music Middle School in 2006, studied with prof. Zheng Chi. In 2012, he was admitted to Central Conservatory of Music( CCOM ), studied with prof. Lei Fan. In 2016, he was recommended to continue to pursue his master degree without examination by CCOM with the highest grade.


During his period in CCOM, Shuqing Lv frequently won prizes at national, international competitions and scholarships. Including the first prize of The 2nd CCOM International Mozart Clarinet Competition, Shanghai Baogang Outstanding Student Scholarship, the second prize of The 12th CCOM Woodwinds Solo Competition, the golden prize of The 9th China Music Golden Bell Award Clarinet Competition, the first prize of The 1st China Buffet Crampon Clarinet Competition. In 2014, he was auditioned into CCOM "Best of the Best" project with the highest grade.


Shuqing Lv actively participated in school activities. He was the principal clarinet of China Youth Symphony Orchestra and had visited Russia, Poland, Austria with the orchestra. In 2016, he was auditioned into Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra.


Shuqing Lv also participated in Japan Kiakaruizawa International Clarinet Masterclass, Canada Morningside Music Bridge, Bowdoin International Music Festival and France Festival Pablo Casals.


In August 2014, Shuqing Lv was invited by Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, successfully performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto and received high critical acclaim.


Zheng Dian

Zheng Dian,In 2006, she was admitted by the primary school attached to Central Conservatory of Music Grade 4, studying oboe. Since then, she was an apprentice of Jin Jingchun, an associate professor of the Orchestral Department there.


She awards China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. and the scholarship of the 20th Fu Chengxian Music Ceremony.

the "7th the Mravinsky International Competition for Youth in St. Petersburg", and won the Champion in professional group A.

the 7th and 8th"International Competition of Young Musicians in Vladivostok", Russia and was awarded the Outstanding Award.

the "2nd International Competitions of the Asian Double Reed Association",in which she won the second prize in the Youth Group.

In 2012 ,performed Oboe Concerto in C major from Mozart with Xincao Li, a famous Chinese director, and the Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 55th anniversary at her school.And she was selected in a talent development program "BOB", BEST OF BEST.

In 2013, she was asked to perform oboe Solo from the Kunming Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015, Dian Zheng for admission to the Central Conservatory of Music


Shucong HE

Currently a student at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under YU Bing, Shucong HE has also studied under Chai Liang. Shucong was chosen to be the member of the BEST of BEST Program founded by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2014, he won Gold Prize at the 3rd CCCTV China National Violin Competition in Beijing, In 2013, He won Gold Prize at the Asia International Music Competition ,He also won jury prize at the Brahms International Violin Competition and 2nd price at the 10th China national violin Competition . Shucong has performed in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Vilnius, Klagenfurt, Poznan, Taipei, and most cities in China He has played as a soloist under conductors such as maestro Long YU, Xiaotang Xia, and Yin Hong, Huan Jing with orchestras such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and  the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Beijing music festival, Beijing chamber music festival, Asia music festival. As a chamber musician, he was the member of the China virtuoso chamber group and the Beijing soloist chamber group, he founded the Mockingbird string quartet , Pentagon Piano Quintet and the Voyage Piano Trio which has given concerts in most cities in China. He recorded the theme song of the China's Lunar Exploration Project and it will be playing in the space.


Haoya Zhang

Haoya Zhang is currently a senior student in the Orchestral Instruments Department at Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). As a student of Lin Yue. She was selected into the Top Innovation Talent program(BOB). She was born in Beijing in 1995, started studying violin at the age of 7, and entered the Middle School affiliated to CCoM in 2007. During the middle school study, she performed in Xi'an, Fuzhou, Taiwan, Macau, and other cities, and was a part of the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 she won the Excellence Award in the CCTV Violin and Piano Contest as the youngest player in the adult division. In 2013 she was recommended for direct admission to CCOM. During her  years at the conservatory, she co-founded the Echo String Quartet in 2013, won the bronze medal of chamber division at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2014, and was awarded the First and Second Wahaha Chamber Music Scholarships. She attended many other domestic and international music festivals and competitions with full funding. In September 2016, as the first place in the Orchestral Instruments Department., she was recommended for graduate admission to CCOM.

Yingjuan Fu

Major: cello

Teacher: Mula Na

Education: 2006—2012 in Central Conservatory of Music middle school 2012—2016 in Central Conservatory of 2016 master dgree candidate in Central Conservatory of music

Event and Experience:

In 2012 the first professional achievement walks to the University.

In 2014 won the schoenfeld international string competition third.

In 2014 won the “Best of Best” national personnel  training program of central conservatory of music.

In March 2015 was invited to the United States to participate in the International Cello Music Festival organized by TCU University Music School. In August 2015 was admitted to the Tibor Varga Music Camp in Switzerland and held a solo concert.

In 2016 the first professional achievement walks to the master.



Cong Rong

At age 4, Cong Rong started her first piano lesson.


In 2009, she entered the middle-school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music(CCOM). Three years later she got the qualification of guaranteed admission student and started her bachelor degree in Central Conservatory of Music, studied with Pro. Yuan Sheng.

She was sleceted to study in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg as an exchange student with Pro. Maria Yankova from Oct.2014 to Aug.2015.

Cong Rong graduated from CCOM in 2016 and will continue her master studying in the same conservatory at September, 2017.



Weihong Hu

Weihong Hu.Under the guidance of Pro. Gang Liu, a famous Chinese percussionist in the Central Conservatory of Music, Weihong Hu started learning the western percussion in the year of 2005. With excellent performance, he got admitted to the Primary School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music and the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in September of 2008 and 2010 respectively. In 2013, he was selected as, after a series of examinations, the position of the concert master in the percussion part of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the eight years’ study in the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, he has won the scholarship of professional excellence of that school for years in succession. In the August of 2014, he won the Gold Award for the Professional Group of the 9th National Youth Percussion Competition. At the end of that year, he attended, with the cooperation of Lang Lang, the Steinway Ten Anniversary Concert held in the National Centre for the Performing Arts. In the August of 2015, under the invitation of Shanghai Percussion Association, Weihong Hu held his Special Concert in the course of the 10th National Youth Percussion Competition. In the December of the same year, he has successfully given the “Weihong Hu Solo Recital” in the music hall of the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music. Ranking first in the percussion major, he graduated from the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in the year of 2016. In the coming September of that year, he was admitted, as the first-ranking contestant, to the Central Conservatory of Music. In the January of 2017, Weihong Hu was invited to attend, with the cooperation of cellist Youyou Ma on the same stage, the first YMCG (Youth Music Culture of Gangdong). In the recent years, he has been invited to take part in the performances as well as the rehearsals of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts and that of the National Ballet of China etc. for many times.



Boshen Li

Boshen Li,He began learning to play the violin at the age of 10. In 2007, he attended the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, and transferred his major to viola, studying under the tutorship of Professor Changhai Wang. In 2013, he was transferred directly to the Central Conservatory of Music.



Qiu Shuhao

In 2002, Qiu started to study the cello with Professor Yu Mingqing from Central Conservatory of Music in China.

In 2006, Qiu was admitted by the Attached Middle School of CCOM with the first place. During his study, he attended the chamber orchestra as the concertmaster of the cello section, and owned his position as the chief cello player in the China Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In 2008, Qiu became the member of a string quartet. In 2011, the string quartet won the first prize in the 1st Competition of Quartet in the Attached Middle School of CCOM. The string quartet also  attended the master class held by Gunter Pichler, the chief violin of Alban Berg Quartet.

In 2011, the quartet won the gold prize in the 8th Golden Bell Awards.

Qiu Shuhao attended the summer camp MusicMundi in Belgium in 2008 and 2009, in which his performance was appreciated by the violinist Maxim Vengerov. In 2016, he attended the summer camp with full scholarship.

In 2012, Qiu was recommended to the Central Conservatory of Music as a cello student. In the same year, he was selected as a member of the Best of Best Programme.

On August 25th, 2014, he won the second place in the senior group of 1st International Music Competition Presented by Players of Busan.

In 2014, 2016, Qiu won the title of the Best Performer in the 8th and 10th Yanhuang Competition of Composition.

In November, 2015, Qiu Shuhao was recommended to the Graduate Department of CCOM as a graduate.

During his study in CCOM, Qiu is awarded with scholarships every semester. In the meanwhile, he also represents the conservatory to perform all over the country, highly praised by audiences.



Chen Chen

Chen Chen, Central Conservatory of Music professional bass in 2013, by the Central Conservatory of Music high school, sent to the Central Conservatory of Music. China Youth Orchestra deputy chief. Won the first bass Chinese works exhibition second prize, first cadenza international bass game outstanding performance award, won the second Cadenza international bass game fourth prize.



Jiawei Zhang

Jiawei Zhang is now the principal clarinet of China Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was admitted to Central Conservatory of Music(CCOM) in 2014, studied with principal clarinet of China Philharmonic and professor of CCOM, Mr. Yuan Yuan. He won the second prize of Busan International Music Competition, CCOM"Outstanding Chamber Music Talents" and the second prize of China Youth Music Competition. He served as guest clarinetist with China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, China Broadcasting and Film Symphony Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.



Wang YaLun

Wang Yalun was born in 1991, she began to study Classical guitar with her father at age 10.In 2004,she got a crucial chance to become a student of Professor Chen Zhi---a famous international professor in the Central Conservatory of Music in China.


In 2005, YaLun attended the Middle School attached to CCOM to receive her further cultural study. ,2008 she took part in “Beijing Four Angels guitar quartet”.2009,the quartet was invited to give a concert at GFA convention.In the November,2010,the quartet was invited to play concerts in four city of Japan(Tokyo,Osaka,Kobe,Kyoto).Also the quartet performed at Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Macau.In 2012, the quartet was invited to play concert in Velbert Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition and Festival, and receive highly praise from the audience.She attended Central Conservatory of Music to get the bachelor degree in 2011.


Wang YaLun was invited to play a duo with the worldwide famous guitarist---William Kanengiser in ShenZhen Concert Hall,2014. On May 11th, 2015, at the cultural exchange activities of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Denmark, Wang YaLun performed with the professor and Students of Royal Danish Academy of music.On July 8th,2016, Wang YaLun won honor prize at Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium.


Now,she is a postgraduate student of Central Conservatory of Music.



Zhang Jiakang

Zhang Jiakang, started learning Chinese Zither at the age of five. In 2007, she was invited to perform Zither in the form of solo in " Peaches and Plums Fragrance", a national youth folk music of special performance for empathic learning. One year later, with the first professional grade, she entered into the Primary School Affiliated to Central Conservatory of Music, and studied from Professor Li Meng, also know as a famous concert performer, educator and reformer in musical instruments. In 2013, she won a best performance award of Fujian genre in "Han Ya Cup" , which was the first Chinese Zither art genre and style of traditional works and play inviting competition. In the same year in Hamburg, Germany, she won a gold medal (professional young group) in international competition about Chinese music. In 2015, she was recommended into Central Conservatory of Music for undergraduate learning. Now she was in her sophomore year.



Lin Yan

Lin Yan Graduated from the Central Academy of Drama 13 level performance department。Beijing modern music recital "mad dog elegy" performerÙNational Palace Museum 90 anniversary of the drama "Begonia still" director assistant

Central Conservatory of Music concert "imaginary war" performer

Central Academy of Drama "Midsummer Night's Dream" plays Hermia, Parker

Children's play "cat force, cat force" as the summer pull

The school has received a 2013 - 2014 scholarship

2013 - 2014 Professional Course Excellence Award


Program Notes

Ding Mu - A Letter To You in 100 Years


I.Miles to go before I sleep

II.The Birds of youth all flew off the sky

III.Our generation

IV.Confess after the mask

Sofia Gubaidulina - In Croce for Cello and Accordion


"In croce" can be regarded as Gubaidulina's first religious genre which integrates reliligous belief into the title and works.  Of course, all her works are based on her devout religious beliefs.  Not only does the title of "In croce"  stands for religious belief, but also the music content itself implies a lot of religious factors.  "In croce" is a symbol from human suffering to salvation, such as the images of the two instruments:  Bayan treble represents the "bright" theme, harmony and beauty in heaven, cello bass symbolizes the "Dark" theme of human suffering; the cross-exchange in the playing forms certain symbols and characteristics, etc..  Especially, the "cross and exchange" theme represents a cross contributed to the vertical and horizontal cross-thinking in her later works.  

Qin Wenchen - Sounds, Arousing the Memories (2006)


Sounds extend in a mega-space: without beginning, without ending….

Each sound color unfolds in its unique way, of which the sound of the Luo (Chinese gong) reflects the emotion of the human being: detailed yet ever-changing. The sound of the Luo usually separates itself suddenly from other colors, creating an independent ‘role’ in the work. When the music ends, the rushed and varied sounds of the Luo floats in a lonely and quiet sonic space, as if it is “a solo dance between the emptiness of heaven and earth.”

A theme stacked in semitones appears three times throughout the piece, each representing the calling, crying and sighing of the human being.  


Li Jingyuan - You can’t go home again


 We are all aware of a truth: hometown is our last resort, but only remains in the distance for those who have already got out.

Philip Glass - Mishima String Quartet (String Quartet No.3)


originally appeared as parts of the film score for Mishima by film maker Paul Schrader. The film follows a complex narrative structure which divides the life of this famous contemporary Janpaeses novelist into 3 parts - his childhood, his mature years and the last day of his life. These subjects were intercut to produce a shifting kaleidoscopic vision of Mishima's life. The scenes of his childhood were filmed in black and white and scored for String Quartet. At the time of writing the film music, I anticipated the String Quartet section would be extracted form the film score and made into a concert piece in its own right.

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