For large orchestra (3333/ 4331/ timp+2/ str)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
- Premiered by Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Aldert Vermeulen in Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 7, January, 2017.
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“You’ve done a fantastic job. I think that you orchestrated really well. I think that sometimes for new music I really can not get, but with you, I got immediately in your world… The orchestration is wonderful.” —Jaap van Zweden on the premiere of the work
Waterloo Road stretches from the heart of the Lion Rock Mountain, passes through Kowloon Tong, Mong Kok and eventually Yau Ma Tei, witnesses the change of Hong Kong in the past two centuries. Firstly built in the end of the 19th century, this road could nearly be regarded as the miniature of Hong Kong. From the luxurious houses in Kowloon Tong, to the 1960s high rises in Mong Kok, within the very short 5 kilometres, this Road lives very different people. “Metamorphosis” portrays the lives of Hong Kong people, as well as how this Road accompanies Hong Kong throughout her highs and lows.
To the composer, Waterloo Road also meant a lot to him—the kindergarten and primary school he studied are located near the Road, while the secondary school he studied and his current workplace, are located right on the Road. “Metamorphosis” not only depicts the day and night of Hong Kong, it also depicts how Yip experienced his growth on this very special road.