Michael-Thomas Foumai: Relics for solo violin (2018)

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

Performances

February 10, 2018 at the “Spirit of the Adventurers Concert Series” at the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance)

August 18, 2018 at the National Museum of Denmark (The Danish Music Museum), Copenhagen, Denmark. (excerpt)

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

Relics was commissioned by violinist Patrick Yim as companion pieces that could be performed at the Hong Kong Museum of History’s special exhibit Miles upon Miles: World Heritage along the Silk Road.

The exhibition is one of the highlight programs of the Hong Kong Government to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region showcasing the cultural relics from China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The work is a suite of eight movement inspired by an artifacts featured at the exhibition.

1. BEASTILY TREASURES [3:30]
(Gold Mythical Beast)
2. JEWELED LOOPS [2:00]
(Necklaces)
3. WOODEN SCROLLS [2:00]
(Wooden-Slip Document Recording the Diplomatic Visit of a Sogdian Envoy)
4. WOOLEN LEAVES [1:30]
(Woolen Saddle Pad with Leaf Motif)
5. GALLOPING JADE [2:00]
(Galloping Jade Stallion and Winged Rider)
6. TOMB COSTUME [3:30]
(Costume of an Aristocrat from a Tomb at Yingpan)
7. JUMP DANCER [1:30]
(Gilt Bronze Leap Dancer)
8. BUDDHA ROCK [3:00]
(Buddhist Stone Carving)

Duration:
19-20 minutes

Movements can be performed extracted, separately or performed in different order.