The Development Project for Minority Music Culture

Twilight in Tibet Shining in Haojiang

Twilight in Tibet Shining in Haojiang



 -- Xiaogang Ye’s Works Concert by Macao Orchestra


Performance Scene in Macao


Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region and produced by Macao Orchestra, Twilight in Tibet – Xiaogang Ye’s Works Concert was on in the theatre of Macao Cultural Center on April 19, 2013.


Conducted by Lv Jia, the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Macao Orchestra and soloed by tenor Shi Yijie, soprano Zhang Liping, baritone Liu Songhu, the special concert was consisted of Cantonese Music Suite, Twilight in Tibet and Seven Episodes for Lin’an. The Cantonese Music suite was composed in 2005 for Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. According to its requirements, Xiaogang Ye well recomposed the melodies of traditional Chinese qupai (the generic term for a fixed melody used in traditional Chinese music) into the orchestral music without altering any original melodies. He adopted distinctive approaches and techniques of harmonization and instrumentation in the four chapters of the Suite, respectively Raindrops Falling on Banana Leaves, A Hungry Horse Shaking the Bell, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake and Summer's Thunderstorm. It’s a piece of work full of folk features of Lingnan areas (southern areas of the Five Ridges, usually referring to Guangdong and Guangxi), uniquely composed yet appealed to all.


Twilight in Tibet was written in 2001 after Xiaogang Ye first travelled to Tibet. The moment the flute melodies started, the audience was brought to the pure land in Tibetan while melodious blares connected all to the Tibetan horn. A scenic plateau was presented before audience’s eyes by pure fresh music texture and simple musical language, which also led them listen the heart of the composer. Famous tenor Shi Yijie’s solo added charms to the work as well.


Seven Episodes for Lin’an was a commissioned work for Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, with lyrics from selected Ancient poems about Hangzhou and the West Lake written by ancient Chinese poets. Performed by a soprano, a tenor, a baritone and the orchestra, this vocal and symphonic work described the beauty of Jiang’nan area (southern area of the Yangtze River) by applying modern music approaches such as western vocal and orchestra forms. For the first time in Chinese music history Xiaogang Ye composed selected ancient poems into melodies and set a new form of musical expression.


Other related performances are as follows. The Dragon Quartet will debut in Beijing playing Xiaogang Ye’s Mapangyong Cuo on May 12, 2013. The famous baritone Shen Yang will perform Xiaogang Ye’s song cycle The Song of Sorrow and Gratification (composed to lyrics by Li Shutong) on the opening ceremony of Beijing Modern Music Festival on May 18, 2013.


Xiaogang Ye was talking to Lamas in Sakya Monastery, Sakya County, Tibet