Wong Chun-wai’s “Journey in the Dark”

December 30, 2015

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Wong Chun-wai’s “Journey in the Dark”

I. Q&A

1) How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece?

Through the video we observe people traveling in a train underground: to an observer they are isolated individuals on an aimless journey, moving forward passively and restlessly. It seems to be asking the meaning of life, a journey that we must all go on.

2) How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

The video is in black and white, and my music corresponds by carrying a dark tone, resulted from the use of non-functional harmonic progression, the domination of minor-sounding sonorities, and the prominent of the lower register of the instruments.

3) Briefly share with us the composing techniques or styles you used in the piece.

In the music the string quartet is divided into three groups of instruments – violin I, cello and the inner group of instruments – each playing with their own materials and styles, symbolizing the isolation of individuals. There are almost no dialogues among them but the wheel of destiny pushes them all. 

II. About the Composers – Wong Chun-wai

Hobbies: Composing 
Favorite composers: Joe Hisaishi/Gustav Mahler/Maurice Ravel/John Williams 
Favorite movie: Spirited away



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