LAW Wing-fai 羅永暉 

 

Law Wing-fai (Solo Theatre) is a leading composer in Hong Kong, and one of the few to have crossed over the boundary between commercial music and the arts. He is currently a Composer-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Artistic Director of Wuji Ensemble.  Law graduated from the University of California with a Master’s degree in Music (Composition and Electronic Music).  He worked closely with Hong Kong’s New Wave directors in films during the 1980’s, having scored for more than 20 films including the award-winning Boat People, Dream Lovers and A Simple Life.  He was the founding Head of Composition of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a position which he subsequently held for many years.  During the 1990’s, he was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University where he gave lectures and wrote music.  On returning to Hong Kong, he found a new angle in music composition, which resulted in many important works using Chinese-Western mixed instrumentation, the most representative of which are When Mountains Roar and Linli. He also founded Wuji Ensemble, a group that is known for its unique character.   In May 2008, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra presented a critically acclaimed concert featuring Law’s works. 


With a diverse oeuvre spanning serious and commercial music, Law has written for pop music, commercials, drama, opera and in particular, for over a dozen dance dramas such as Song of the Good Earth and Rouge.  His long list of accolades include the Irino Memorial Award presented at the Asian Composers’ League, the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Score, “Composer of the Year” by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild, and being selected as one of the “Twentieth Century Masterpieces by Chinese Composers” by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society in Beijing.  Law’s score for the drama production The Peach Blossom Fan was awarded “Best Original Music” by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies.  Law was also a five-time winner of the CASH Golden Sail Music Award between 2001 and 2008, with his opera Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away, Flowing Fancies for pipa and Western orchestra, Feng Liu for Chinese plucked strings, A Thousand Sweeps for pipa and Chinese orchestra, and Flowing Phantasm for Chinese Orchestra.

 

羅永暉是本港少數跨越藝術與商業領域的資深作曲家。現任香港演藝學院駐校作曲家及「無極樂團」藝術總監。他早年畢業於美國加州大學,主修作曲,獲碩士學位。 回港後與新浪潮導演合作創寫超過二十部電影音樂,如《投奔怒海》、《夢中人》及最近的《桃姐》等。其間創立香港演藝學院作曲系,並擔任該系系主任多年。 1995年再次赴美以訪問學人身份在美國史丹福大學從事講學及音樂創作,回港後以嶄新的寫作風格,發表多首大型中西樂器混合的作品如《山鳴》、《淋漓》 等,並創立風格獨特的「無極樂團」。2008年5月,香港中樂團舉辦「星河潑墨」— 羅永暉的中樂新境界專場音樂會,他的作品獲得音樂界的高度評價。



羅氏寫作多元化,除藝術音樂外還有流行音樂、廣告、電視劇、話劇、歌劇及十多齣舞劇音樂,如城市當代舞蹈團的《狂想大地》、香港舞蹈團的《胭脂扣》等。嬴得 的重要獎項中,包括亞洲作曲家同盟會議頒贈的入野義朗紀念大獎、香港電影金像獎最佳配樂獎、香港藝術家聯盟頒贈的藝術家年獎以及作品被北京中華民族文化促 進會選為「二十世紀華人音樂經典」之一。2001年至2008年期間,他以《桃花扇》獲得香港戲劇協會頒贈的最佳戲劇音樂獎,並以歌劇《夢拾紅梅》、琵琶 與西洋樂隊作品《逸筆草草》、中國彈撥樂作品《風流》、琵琶與中樂隊作品《千章掃》及中樂隊作品《星河潑墨》連獲五次香港作曲家及作詞家協會頒贈的金帆音樂獎。

Orchestral (Western)

 

Linli (1998) 15'
     for guan, sanxian & orchestra
When Mountains Roar (1997) 12'
     for 4 Chinese soloists, orchestra & chorus
A Thousand Sweeps (1997) 10'
     for pipa & orchestra
Visions Beyond (1996) 12'
Prealudium (1994) 2'
     for 2 ob, 2 hn & string orchestra
Phantasm (1994) 16'30"
     for vc & orchestra
Chou Si (1993) 20'
     for 3 high voices, Chinese & Western orchestras
Intrada (1993) 15'
Sphere Supreme (1992) 10'
Overture (1989) 8'
Musica Concertata (1987) 16'
Pipa Concerto (1986) 30'
Rice Field Dance (1979) 6'
When Clouds Rise (1978) 12'
Qian (1977) 10'


Orchestral (Chinese)


Flying Brush (1999) 16'
Tang Capriccio (1996) 15'
Ink Spirit (1996) 12'
     for pipa & Chinese string orchestra
Puck (1990) 15'
     Ballade for 2 Pipas & Chinese Orchestra
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (1986) 15'
     for Chinese perc & Chinese orchestra
Soundscapes (1983) 20'

 

Chamber (Western)
 

Moon Spirit (2000) 15'
     for pipa & string quartet
Link (1999) 10'
     for woodwind quintet
Mood Sketches (1998) 12'
     for string quartet
Vortex (1996) 10'
     for 2 pf
Season Without a Name (1996) 15'
     for fl, ob, cl, string quartet & pf
Ink Spirit (1995) 10'
     for pipa & string quartet
Qian Si (1994) 8'
     for pipa & string quartet
Kunk (1989) 14'
     for 4 pf & 2 perc
Fantasia (1988) 10'
     for hpch & gtr
Caprice in G (1988) 6'
     for vn & pf
Plus One (1987) 8'
     for string quartet
Sleeve Dance (1984) 12'
     for 2 pf & perc
Sun Soundic (1983) 10'
     for fl, cl, pf, vn, vc & tape
Dionysus Fantasia (1979) 7'
     for 3 fl, pf (celesta) & 2 perc
Si Ahu Kou (1978) 8'
     for fl, va & pf
Mulberry Grove Dance (1975) 7'
     for fl & gtr


Chamber (Chinese)


Autumn Vista on the River (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
A Spring Walk in the Mountains (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
Desolate Petals on the Guileless Water (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
Air Eleganza (1999) 12'
     for xiao, sheng, yangqin & zheng
Incense Offerings (1986) 10'
     for xiao, erhu, pipa & zheng
The Drunken Tai Bai (1985) 7'
     for dizi, sheng, yangqin & zheng

 

Instrumental Solo


In One Stroke (1996) 10'
     for pipa
Shake'n Roll (1995) 10'
     for pipa
Of Butterflies and Frogs (1992) 3'
     for pf
Toccata (1991) 10'
     for marimba
Intermezzo (1988) 8'
     for gtr
Cantilena for One Finger (1985) 9'
     for pipa
Misty (1974) 7'
     for pipa
Three Little Pieces with Spiritual Touch (1972) 7'
     for pf
Silkworm (1972) 7'
     for pipa
 

Opera


Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away (2000) 2 hrs
 

Vocal / Choral

 

Chou Nu Er (1996) 10'
     for mixed choir & pf
What is the Taste of Sorrow (1994) 10'
     for alto, vn & pf
My Ambition (1993) 5'
     for children' choir & pf/orchestra
Yu Lin Ling (1993) 8'
     for mixed choir & pf
Hope (1991) 6'
     for children's choir & pf
Garden Song (1982) 7'
     for mixed choir & pf
Neither Out Far Nor in Deep (1978) 6'
     for alto & cl in Bb
 

Music for Dance / Drama


Parting at River Yi (1993) 1 hr 30"
Suppressed Romance (1991) 1 hr 30"
Rouge (1991) 1 hr 30"
Three Romantic Chinese-Song of the Earth II (1990) 1 hr 30"
Homeland (1990) 1 hr
Femme Fatale (1987) 1 hr 30"
Chinese Historical Myth-Sun and Moon (Fame and Love) (1985) 30'
Hung Liu Zui Yu (1983) 30'
Song of the Good Earth (1983) 1 hr 30"
 

Theatre Music


Synopsis (1990) 1 hr
The Emperor and the Nightingale (1985) 1 hr 30"
Dragon Dance (1980) 30'
 

Film Music


Romance of Book and Sword (1988)
Princess Fragrance  (1988)
Dream Lover  (1986)
Woman of Wrath (1985)
Just Like Weather  (1985)
Women (1984)
Boat People (1981)
 

TV Music


Vanguard (1985)
 

Discography


Tang Capriccio    Hugo 7208-2
A Thousand Sweeps    Hugo 7205-2
Pipa Concerto    Hugo 71042
Phantasm    Hugo 71042
Musica Concertata    Hugo 71042
Sphere Supreme    Hugo 799-2
Musica Concertata    H.K. Record 8.242119
Sun Soundic    H.K. Record 8.242120
Silkworm    CMS 601
What is the Taste of Sorrow    BMG 74321-326172-2
Misty    Kolin 5035
Hope    H.K Record 4.242118
Plus One    CGCD 9402
Mulberry Grove Dance    Philips 7399285

管弦樂(西樂)


淋漓(1998) 15'
     for guan, sanxian & orchestra
山鳴 (1997) 12'
     for 4 Chinese soloists, orchestra & chorus
千章掃 (1997) 10'
     for pipa & orchestra
無極意象 (1996) 12'
小序曲 (1994) 2'
     for 2 ob, 2 hn & string orchestra
飛絮 (1994) 16'30"
     for vc & orchestra
抽思 (1993) 20'
     for 3 high voices, Chinese & Western orchestras
管弦樂前奏曲 (1993) 15'
天驕 (1992) 10'
管弦樂序曲 (1989) 8'
管弦樂小協奏曲 (1987) 16'
琵琶協奏曲 (1986) 30'
耘耘舞 (1979) 6'
坐看雲起時 (1978) 12'
籤 (1977) 10'

管弦樂(中樂)


亳飛集 (1999) 16'
風采 (1996) 15'
潑墨仙人 (1996) 12'
     for pipa & Chinese string orchestra
雙琵琶與樂隊敘事曲《天靈靈》 (1990) 15'
     Ballade for 2 Pipas & Chinese Orchestra
打擊樂協奏曲 (1986) 15'
     for Chinese perc & Chinese orchestra
山水響 (1983) 20'

室樂 (西樂)


月鬼 (2000) 15'
     for pipa & string quartet
靈犀 (1999) 10'
     for woodwind quintet
意筆白描 (1998) 12'
     for string quartet
漩渦 (1996) 10'
     for 2 pf
無名季節 (1996) 15'
     for fl, ob, cl, string quartet & pf
潑墨仙人 (1995) 10'
     for pipa & string quartet
牽絲 (1994) 8'
     for pipa & string quartet
狂弦四聲 (1989) 14'
     for 4 pf & 2 perc
幻想曲 (1988) 10'
     for hpch & gtr
G調隨想曲 (1988) 6'
     for vn & pf
第五聲 (1987) 8'
     for string quartet
水袖 (1984) 12'
     for 2 pf & perc
響晴 (1983) 10'
     for fl, cl, pf, vn, vc & tape
醉鄉 (1979) 7'
     for 3 fl, pf (celesta) & 2 perc
絲竹扣 (1978) 8'
     for fl, va & pf
桑林調 (1975) 7'
     for fl & gtr

室樂 (中樂)


秋水連天 (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
山徑春行 (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
花自飄零水自流 (1999) 5'
     for Cantonese ensemble
清音寫意 (1999) 12'
     for xiao, sheng, yangqin & zheng
香火 (1986) 10'
     for xiao, erhu, pipa & zheng
太白醉酒 (1985) 7'
     for dizi, sheng, yangqin & zheng

獨奏曲


一筆 (1996) 10'
     for pipa
滾沙沙 (1995) 10'
     for pipa
青蛙草蝶 (1992) 3'
     for pf
馬林巴琴展技曲 (1991) 10'
     for marimba
間奏曲 (1988) 8'
     for gtr
一指禪 (1985) 9'
     for pipa
寒雲路 (1974) 7'
     for pipa
靈河三章 (1972) 7'
     for pf
蠶 (1972) 7'
     for pipa


歌劇

 

夢拾紅梅 (2000) 2 hrs

聲音 / 合唱


醜奴兒 (1996) 10'
     for mixed choir & pf
少年不識愁滋味 (1994) 10'
     for alto, vn & pf
我的志願 (1993) 5'
     for children' choir & pf/orchestra
雨霖鈴 (1993) 8'
     for mixed choir & pf
希望 (1991) 6'
     for children's choir & pf
花園之歌 (1982) 7'
     for mixed choir & pf
近在咫尺 (1978) 6'
     for alto & cl in Bb

舞蹈劇音樂


易水寒 (1993) 1 hr 30"
自梳女 (1991) 1 hr 30"
胭脂扣 (1991) 1 hr 30"
狂想大地之二:三個浪漫的中國人 (1990) 1 hr 30"
香港情懷之時光動畫編號四 (1990) 1 hr
女色 (1987) 1 hr 30"
搜神之日月「名利、愛情」(1985) 30'
紅樓碎玉 (1983) 30'
狂想大地 (1983) 1 hr 30"

劇場音樂


美人如玉劍如虹 (1990) 1 hr
國王與夜鶯 (1985) 1 hr 30"
龍舞 (1980) 30'

電影音樂


書劍恩仇錄 (1988)
香香公主 (1988)
夢中人 (1986)
殺夫 (1985)
美國心 (1985)
女人心 (1984)
投奔怒海 (1981)

電視音樂


廉政先鋒 (1985)

唱片目錄

 

Tang Capriccio, Hugo 7208-2
A Thousand Sweeps, Hugo 7205-2
Pipa Concerto, Hugo 71042
Phantasm, Hugo 71042
Musica Concertata, Hugo 71042
Sphere Supreme, Hugo 799-2
Musica Concertata, H.K. Record 8.242119
Sun Soundic, H.K. Record 8.242120
Silkworm, CMS 601
What is the Taste of Sorrow, BMG 74321-326172-2
Misty, Kolin 5035
Hope, H.K Record 4.242118
Plus One, CGCD 9402
Mulberry Grove Dance, Philips 7399285

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