《螻蟻》The Ant (2016)

theant

For symphonic band

Commissioned by HKBDA

  • Premiered by Baden-Württemberg Youth Wind Ensemble in Shatin Town Hall on 4 September, 2016, conducted by Felix Hauswirth.

Programme Notes

美國詩人Lewis Thomas 曾經說過:「螻蟻就如人類。牠們種植、畜牧、戰鬥、使用化學武器迷惑敵人,並有奴隸制度。編織蟻利用幼蟲吐的絲,縫紉葉子作為家園。他們又互換信息,作一切的事情,除了看電視。」《螻蟻》一曲,就從遠距離開始,慢慢拉近並細看螻蟻精細及孜孜不倦的生活。

Lewis Thomas once said, “Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into wars, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves. The families of weaver ants engage in child labor, holding their larvae like shuttles to spin out the thread that sews the leaves together for their fungus gardens. They exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.” This work portrays the ants in both a macro view, as well as scrutinising their tiny and untiring works.

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