Austin Yip: Miles Upon Miles《萬里》for solo violin and electronics (2018)

(Commissioned and premiered by violinist Patrick T.S. Yim)

Performances

January 25, 2018 at the “Spirit of the Adventurers Concert Series” at the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance)

July 18, 2018 at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Abrons Arts Center Playhouse, New York City, New York.

September 21, 2018 at the “Romanza” Concert (Presented by Kawai Chan and sponsored by Tom Lee Music), Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong. (excerpt)

September 30, 2018 at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Jayu Theatre, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea.

October 19, 2018 at “Sonic Explorations: A Concert of Electro-acoustic Music” at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

December 1, 2018 at the “Saturday Music Platform” (Presented by Kung Music Workshop & Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Art), Tai Kwun Laundry Steps, Hong Kong. (Excerpt)

Programme Notes

“Miles Upon Miles” is inspired by an exhibition held at the Hong Kong Museum of History of the same title. The exhibition showcases artefacts discovered along the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road, including the North-Western side of China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The three movements, entitled “I. Gilt Bronze”, “II. Cameleer”, and “III. Sancai”, refer to the features of artefacts in this exhibition. “Gilt Bronze” refers to the materials used for a silkworm of the Han dyasty; “Cameleer” refers to a painting of a Tang dynasty cameleer, and “Sancai” refers to the colours that were used during the Tang Dynasty.

This work is written for amplified violin and electronics. Field recordings of the Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam, taken in Xinjiang 2015, is operated through granular synthesis and serve as an extra dimension to the work. “Miles Upon Miles” is commissioned by violinist Patrick Yim in 2018.

受香港歷史博物館的「綿亙萬里-世界遺產絲綢之路」展覽啟發,《萬里》以音樂描寫展覽中幾件於漢朝及唐朝的展品。第一樂章「鎏金銅」乃漢朝時所用的金屬;第二樂章「牽駝」為唐朝壁畫常見的主題;第三樂章「三彩」是唐代陶器上常用的釉色。《萬里》為擴音小提琴及電子而寫,樂曲中用到的電子部份取材於2015年,作曲家在新疆錄音的維吾尔木卡姆,透過顆粒合成法給作品帶來新疆的色彩。《萬里》由小提琴家嚴天成於2018年委約而寫。