Deluge 洪水

for Ensemble with Live Electronics (2008-2009)

Inspired by a Painting of Vasily Kandinsky Composition VI: "Deluge" (1913), This work is composed between 2008 and 2009, commissioned by the Los Angles Philharmonic Association, and premiered by the Los Angles Philharmonic New Music Group under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles on April 7, 2009. The piece is dedicated to Esa-Pekka Salonen, and my teacher Steven Stucky for his 60th birthday. The live Electronics is created with the assistant and tools designed by sound engineer Alexis Baskind.

 

“Nothing in the world is weaker than water but against the hard and strong nothing excels it for nothing can change it the soft overcomes the hard the weak overcomes the strong this is something everyone knows but no one is able to practice thus the sage declares who accepts a country's disgrace we call the lord of soil and grain who accepts a country's misfortune we call the king of all under Heaven upright words sound upside down”

—from Lao-tzu's "Tao te ching" Translated by Bill Porter

Duration:

ca. 14 minutes

Instrumentation:

1 Flute doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute; 1 Oboe; 1 Clarinet in Bb; 1 Bassoon; 1 French Horn; 1 Trumpet in C doubling Trumpet in D; 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba; 3 Percussion; Harp, Piano dbl Celesta; 1 Midi Keyboard; Strings (2-2-2-2) *Percussion: (3 players) *Electronics Laptop with Max/MSP 4.6 installed 6 surrounding Speakers with discrete channels

Premiere:

April 7, 2009

Los Angles Philharmonic New Music Group

under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles