Commissioned by the Markham Music Festival. Premiered in Markham, Ontario, by Langning Liu, May 2000.
Reflections in the Water:
Reflections in the Water was written as a test piece for the 2000 Markham Music Festival. It was composed specifically to showcase the pianist’s range of color, sensitivity, and imagination. “Swelling” textures and enveloping scales are predominantly featured throughout the work. They not only serve to express color changes but also function as tactile ideas that develop and unfold. One of the main inspirations of the work was the concept of musical minimalism. Though I was not interested in the hypnotic (and sometimes emotionally sterile) qualities of minimalism, I was eager to discover what expressive qualities that could be drawn from it.
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