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Lam, Lan-chee: Mysterious Palace 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Mysterious Palace
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    10
  • Year of composition: 
    2009
  • First performance (year): 
    2011
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Mysterious Palace refers to the Forbidden City that I visited in 2008 summer during a trip to Beijing. This palace was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. The architecture is the most impressive thing that I found; every corner in the building is decorated in details. This pattern is symbolized in the string section at the beginning of the piece. Now the palace becomes the National Museum, but a lot of the collections are destroyed or moved to other places during the war in the last century. Therefore, I try to explore the mysterious sound with the orchestra in the opening by using the water gong, referring to the history of the palace. The music later transforms to a climatic section, describing the war that the palace has experienced. Finally, it ends with a quiet and peaceful passage, with memory from all people in the country.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
61
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
2
C
C
Piccolo
Oboe
2
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
2
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
2
Bassoon
Bassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
2
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Bass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
4
Crotales
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Temple Blocks
Other
Keyboard
1
Piano
Celeste
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
22
Viola
8
Cello
6
Double Bass
2
4-string
4-string

 

 

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