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Introducing Bridges: “Dreamscapes” Erhu Concerto

Music has no boundaries – this is a certainty! With technology, the world has become more connected. We are able to explore and learn about different cultures and with this, new sounds! Since I published “Playing Erhu – Bridging the Gap” in 2011, I am still amazed at the interest world-wide in learning the erhu.

Sharing music is one of my passions. With the erhu instruction book, it helped people overcome the barrier of language. My latest fun project is the erhu design for t-shirts (if it works out, I will have other world instruments too!).

Another project that I am working on is introducing new music for Chinese instruments and ensembles, the composers, the programme notes, and the video recordings – in English! There are so many amazing works out there, but again, there is the language barrier. Many thanks to my translators, Karwah Chan and Anthony Ko for their time and efforts. I will be working with Dr. Chih-Sheng Chen from Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra on this project. Little by little, we will make this wonderful music more accessible to English readers. I will post these translations in “Bridges”.

Here is the first piece that we did:

樂團/小巨人絲竹樂團 天鼓擊樂團 指揮/陳志昇 二胡/段皑皑 作曲/劉長遠 2012.7.21 兩岸薪傳系列 夢 地點/台灣.台北市.國家音樂廳 Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra Conductor/Chen Chih-Sheng Venue/National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan http://www.littlegiant.idv.tw/index.htm

《夢釋》作於2011年,受上海民族樂團委約而作。標題《夢釋》有兩個含義,一是要將各種夢境釋放出來,二是要用音樂解釋這些夢境。全曲分為十個段落,每個段落表現不同的夢境,十段音樂連續演奏。
一、夢思,夢中的思念;
二、夢歡,夢中的快樂;
三、夢戀,在夢中對情人的留戀;
四、驚夢,夢中的驚恐、懼怕;
五、夢中掙扎,試圖擺脫強大的束縛,與命運爭鬥,大聲的呐喊;
六、哀怨之夢,在夢中的哀怨、哭訴與嘆息;
七、夢幻,在夢中的幻想;
八、夢中的感嘆,對人生的感嘆;
九、跳躍的夢,夢中的歡快跳躍
十、若夢似醒,恍惚在夢中,又好像已經醒來…?

LIU Changyuan, “Dreamscapes” Erhu Concerto, DUAN Aiai with Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra and Tien-Ku Percussion Group, conducted by CHEN Chih-Sheng, National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012.7.21.

This erhu piece was commissioned in 2011 by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. The title “Dreamscapes” can be interpreted in two ways: exposing the mystery of the different forms of dreams, or giving meaning to these dream phenomena, through music. The entire work is divided into ten movements, to be played continuously, each describing a different dreamscape.
I. Musing Dream: memories returning in a dream;
II. Jubilant Dream: full of happiness;
III. Heartsick Dream: nostalgic yearning for one’s lover;
IV. Frightening Dream: the dream of fear and dread;
V. Struggling Dream: fighting to be freed from life’s powerful constraints, with loud cries;
VI. Melancholic Dream: the dream of sorrow, tears and sighs;
VII.Fantasy Dream: fantasy in a dream;
VIII.Lamenting Dream: sighing about the weariness of life;
IX. Leaping Dream: lively, and leaping in joy;
X. Half Dreaming: in a trance, but starting to awaken..?
(trans: KW Chan/A Ko/P Chan)