Distance is scored for mixed ensemble including four Chinese traditional instruments and Western instruments. The reason why I titled this piece Distance is that I have been questioning myself for a long time. Distance does not only mean time and space, but also signifies the ability to reconsider and rediscover the “roots” of language and culture. Meanwhile, distance could imply the echo, dialogue, contrast, transplantation and integration of form and content as well. This piece is a new starting point for me to explore, understand and clarify the meaning of distance through my music composition.
This work was premiered on May 14, 2013 at the 'Music for China' concert presented by Soundstreams and performed by: Accordes String Quartet, Chai Found Music Workshop, Sanya Eng (harp), Leslie Newman (flute), Gregory Oh (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Les Dala (conductor).
For more information about Fuhong Shi and the Soundstreams commission catalogue, please visit our SoundMakers website: SoundMakers.ca/composers/fuhong-shi
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