《疆》String Quartet No.2: Territory (2015)

territory

For string quartet

  • Premiered by Mark Hui, Jonathan Yuen, Chris Choi and Joe Chan in Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 30 October, 2015.

  • Finalist of 2nd Biennial I Creation/ Mivos Quartet Prize for Chinese Composers, 2015

Programme Notes

The Chinese character, “jiang” (疆), literally means a boundary, is often used to define the area of a geographic space. In the piece “String Quartet No.2: Territory”, this word refers to a specific region in China, namely “Xinjiang”, i.e. 新疆 (literally means “new boundary”), which is the largest Chinese administrative division, spanning over 1.6 million kilometre square. This multicultural region is the home to the ethnic groups Uyghur, Han, Kazakhs, Mongols and more. This piece is a reflection to the composer’s trip to Xinjiang earlier in 2015, in which elements of the Uyghur music are transcribed, sometimes remoulded, and put into the work. Aside from the use of microtonal pitches and irregular meter that appear throughout the work, in the third and fourth movements, two “Muqam” (the melodic modes used in the music of Uyghur) melodies are featured.

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