Shao Litang’s “Seeking”

January 6, 2016

【SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape 聲影集:香港景觀】

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Shao Litang’s “Seeking”

I. Q&A

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

The inspiration of the photo to me is that what we are really looking for in life. Life is full of experiences and anything can happen. Depending on what kind of person you are, you may be looking for different things. 

2. All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image? 

Composers will think about the interaction carefully between the message from the image and music. 

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

This piece starts with a vigorous six-note motive, followed by a peaceful harmonic section that gradually develops into a multi-layered chant-like theme. This theme becomes more energetic and rhythmic, moving towards a climax that resolves peacefully. 

II. About the Composer – Shao Litang

 


Hobbies: Eating, Hiking 
Favorite place in Hong Kong: Tapmun (Grass-Island) 
Favorite scene: Maple leaves glowed red in the sunlight
 

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