Title Chun-hay Shing: Moon over the West River (2014)
Instrumentation Clarinet and Piano
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About the Work

The title is borrowed from a ci pai, a set pattern of ci, which is a traditional form of Chinese poetry. One of the most famous poets writing ci is Su Shi (1037 - 1101), several of whose poems carry the same title as this work. One of them depicts a night of full moon but with clouds covering it most of the time - a feeling of incompleteness and solitude grabs the poet's heart. By opposing dark and luminous sonorities, this piece paints the scene and expresses a similar melancholy. Duration: ca. 5'30".

About the Composer

SHING Chun-hay identifies creativity with its power to inspire new perception, whether of music, of art, or of life. His works, often embodying his reflections and literary inspirations, have been premiered and performed in Hong Kong and abroad by eminent musicians including pianist Mary Wu, violinist Ho Hong-ying, cellist Timothy Frank, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Chinese Music Virtuosi and Trio de TST. His music has received broadcast by RadioCEMAT (Italy) and Radio 4 (Fine Music Channel) of Radio Television Hong Kong.

Shing is the champion of Hong Kong Composers Guild's annual composition competition New Generation 2015 and a winner of David Gwilt Composition Prize. His works have been featured in music festivals and conference, such as Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), Risuonanze 2015 (Italy), Singapore Asian Composers Festival and Intercultural Music (USA).

Shing holds a Master of Arts in Music degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied composition with Professor Wendy Lee. He began composing as a junior secondary student and composition has remained one of his main musical interests since then.


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Catalog Info #ALEA1142
Piano Score: 9 pages, spiral bound
Clarinet Part: 2 pages, single sheet