《破繭》Metamorphosis (2016)

metamorphosis

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

Programme Notes

從獅子山開始,一路貫穿九龍塘、旺角及油麻地的窩打老道,見證著香港過往百多年的變遷。這條從19世紀末開始分段建成的大道,猶如香港的縮影。從獅子山口那些仿佛貴族般的平房,到旺角一段那些在六十年代興建的住宅,及至油麻地的果欄,在短短五公里內住著各式各樣的人。《破繭》所描繪的,正正是這條大道上,香港人的生活,及她如何陪伴香港人走過高低起伏。

對葉氏而言,窩打老道對他的影響甚深-他小時候所讀的幼稚園及小學,都位於窩打老道附近;而他的中學及現在工作的地方,也恰巧在窩打老道上。所以《破繭》一曲,除了描寫窩打老道的日與夜外,也描寫在葉氏這條大道上,如何經歷無數的秋與冬。

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.

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