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Dreams on the Edge: I. Return to London

(邊緣夢系:I. 重返英倫)

Instrumentation: Symphonic Orchestra - 3.3.3.3./4.3.3.1./timp.+2/hp./14.12.10.8.6

Duration: ca. 3'

Composition Date: 2019.01

Première Date: 2019.02.23

Première Artists: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Conductor: Jung-ho Pak)

Remark: This piece was written for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme 2018/19.

Sample Recording: Currently unavailable

Programme Notes:

18 months after moving beyond the ivory tower, this is the programme note for my opus 30. Literature, love, life reflection, religion and dream have been the five main themes in my music. But since the musical theatre Confessions on the Edge (2017) commissioned by Yat Po Singers, “Edge” also gradually becomes one of the focal points in my creation. This initiates the creation series - Dreams on the Edge.  

 

The compositional theme, “Edge” is motivated by the deeply moving content in Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” - the novel set between London and Paris. Dreams on the Edge is its contemporary reinterpretation, based on the continuous memories and stories of composer himself between London and Hong Kong.  

 

Dream only comes one small step closer to me, by relocating back to London alone. But countless reminiscences lay behind the short moment of exciting facade.  

 

On the shore of the wide world, I stand alone and think, till love and fame to nothingness do sink.