《春賦》Ode to Birth (2014)

odetobirth

For piano and symphonic band

Commissioned by Belilios Winds

  • Premiered by Belilios Winds in Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall on 28 September, 2014.

  • Performed by Nancy Loo and HKBU Wind Symphony in Academic Hall, HKBU on 5 December, 2015.

Programme Notes

適逢庇理羅士女子中學管樂團成立三十週年,樂團指揮譚香盈小姐希望我創作一首管樂跟鋼琴獨奏的作品,主題是「春」。得知將會由鋼琴家羅乃新女士首演後,我便開始構思如何把作品變得更個人化,更適合羅氏演奏。我與羅乃新女士於機緣巧合下在監獄探訪時認識,當時我們所探訪的對象,是赤柱監獄內一群被關了十多二十年的終身監禁者。他們每一個都在年輕時犯下過錯,繼而斷送了自己的下半生。在探訪的過程中,我感覺到他們都對自己的過往有所悔咎,然後在監獄中重新找到對生命的熱誠。《春賦》所表達的,正正是這一種感覺。樂曲以低音號獨奏開始,以緩慢的小調描繪冬天最孤寂、最寒冷的日子。然後樂曲逐漸變得激烈,就如萬物都甦醒過來,從最壞的時刻慢慢好起來。樂曲最後以溫暖的和弦作結,寓意春天的來臨。

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