Written during the COVID-19 global pandemic, this piece is an orchestration of the third movement of my work Suite for Organ. The underlying melody is a Chinese funeral march (哀乐), adapted from a folk tune and popularized during the 1950s. The piece follows the speed of respiratory cycles, and it accelerates, decelerates, intensifies, and finally dies down. The woodwinds simulate electrocardiography patterns as the music comes to an end in bleakness.
Instrumentation: winds 18.104.22.168, brass 22.214.171.124, timpani + 1 percussion, Strings
Regenesis Overture (2018)
The Regenesis Overture is an overture to the composer’s chamber opera of the same title. In the opera, two future-generation human beings come back to the after-apocalypse Earth to find traces of humanity, while realizing that the spirit of love and curiosity lies within themselves all along.
Despite an inherited bond, the two works narrate the story in contrasting approaches both musically and intellectually. The connections are revealed when key moments of the opera are hinted, with further development and expansion in the overture. Through the atmospheric elaboration of the fictional world, a more objective viewpoint of the story is disclosed in the overture, illustrating the natural environment and humankind with equal recognition, and associating them through music motifs. The spirit of humanity shines through the chaos of the apocalypse, and the nostalgia for the old world is finally linked with the presence of the new Earth.