Episode 3 “Dai-Lok-Tin (Heavenly Bliss)” “Soar Against the Wind” “Hoisting the Sails”
In this episode, we will appreciate 3 pieces of Cantonese music with our audience: “Dai-Lok-Tin (Heavenly Bliss)”, “Soar Against the Wind” and “Hoisting the Sails”.
Composer Richard TSANG embodies the spirit of Cantonese music in the delightful and positive “Dai-Lok-Tin (Heavenly Bliss)”.
In “Soar Against the Wind”, composer HUI Cheung-wai employs those especially ascending figures to express the image of increasing power and all the way up, just like a bird soaring against the wind.
Joshua CHAN’s creation of “Hoisting the Sails” starts with monophonic Cantonese music. He applies techniques such as “adding flowers” (increasing ornamentation on the skeletal melody) and “subtracting flowers” (ornamenting the skeletal melody in a reduced manner) with individual instruments for a sunny and bright impression, which symbolises embarking on a new journey.
Host: KWOK Ka-ying
Richard TSANG “Dai-Lok-Tin (Heavenly Bliss)” (1999) [“Soft Bow” Five-Piece Combo]
HUI Cheung-wai “Soar Against the Wind” (2020) [“Soft Bow” Five-Piece Combo] (Commissioned Work)
Joshua CHAN “Hoisting the Sails” (2021) [Ensemble] (Commissioned Work)
Richard TSANG is a composer, a conductor, an educator and a broadcaster.
HUI Cheung-wai is a composer who often takes commissions from Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Guitar Orchestra, Hong Kong Arts Festival, etc.
Doctor Joshua CHAN is an associate professor in the Department of Music of the University of Hong Kong. He has created more than 190 pieces of diversified styles for various types of media.
Kwok Ka-ying is a young Hong Kong yangqin player. She is the first postgraduate to be awarded a master’s degree in yangqin from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and also a resident musician of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.