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moon east: klang

Klang for viola & chamber ensemble       Buy Now
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I. After a wild introduction, the movement erupts into a rush of activity, with the emphasis on the frenetic solos of the viola. After a brief reminder of the opening, the movement ends with a frenzied toccata.

II. Adagio features long, flowing lines, and gentle counterpoint. There is rarely any sense of accompaniment from any of the instruments, with the viola functioning as a “1st among equals.” The movement is a very loose rondo, but the form is quite free, even meandering.

III. Teaching Piece introduces a very different kind of procedure from the rest of the work. In this movement, the viola introduces a motive or idea and “teaches” it to the next instrument, who picks it up and fashions the idea to make it their own. As the soloist introduces more and more ideas, they are gradually subsumed into the texture. Only occasionally does the soloist emerge to guide the ensemble to the next idea. After briefly losing the initiative in a violent shift of texture, the soloist reemerges as the teacher.

IV. The fourth movement is attacca from Teaching Piece. This somewhat ironically titled movement, Aria semplice, crashes between a simple, folksy motive and a series of highly charged dramatic gestures. The bulk of the movement consists of an immense cadenza. Even when the ensemble is playing, the viola is usually in a completely different sonic world. The movement ends as it began, with a long clarinet tone.

Klang is the German word for “sound.”

moon east: veloce

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moon east: drum break

Drum Break SATB for percussion       Buy Now
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moon east: album leaves for trumpet

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moon east: monkey king versus the spider wizard

Monkey King Versus the Spider Wizard for clarinet & fixed media       Buy Now
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The Monkey King (Sun Wukong) is one of the the most beloved characters from Chinese legend. In the most famous telling, he accompanies the monk Xuanzang as he travels the famous Journey to the West to bring the Buddhist scriptures from India to China.

Monkey King Versus the Spider Wizard tells the tale of how Sun Wukong rescues Xuanzang from the Spider Demons (蜘蛛精). The Spider Demons disguise themselves as seven sisters living in a thatched hut in the Silk Cave. When Xuanzang stumbles upon them while begging for alms, they trap him in spider silk that they shoot from their navels. They are bested in battle by Sun Wukong who frees Xuanzang.

moon east: monkey king battles the generals

Monkey King Battles the Generals for clarinet & fixed media        Buy Now
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The Monkey King (Sun Wukong) is one of the the most beloved characters from Chinese legend. In the most famous telling, he accompanies the monk Xuanzang as he travels the famous Journey to the West to bring the Buddhist scriptures from India to China.

Monkey King Battles the Generals tells an earlier tale from the Sun Wukong’s life. In this episode, the Monkey King had used his powers to visit Heaven. While there, he stumbled onto a heavenly banquet where he downed a whole plate of peaches. These peaches turned out to be the Peaches of Immortality meant for all the luminaries of heaven such as the Jade Emperor, Kwan Yin, and Lao Tzu. At just that moment he was caught by the Heavenly General of Might Miracle and the twelve Thunder Generals. They fight a tremendous and very noisy battle full of magic and daring do. Monkey easily fought off the generals, first with his martial skills, then by making himself very small, and finally by plucking twelve hairs from his body and turning each into a monkey to fight off the generals. In in the end it took the magic of the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin to magically zap the Monkey King into obedience.

Both Monkey King Battles the Generals and Monkey King Versus the Spider Wizard were written for Jun Qian’s West Meets East recording project.

-notes by the composer

moon east: house on the hill

House on the Hill for flute, fixed media, and laptop        Buy Now
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moon east: still harbor

Still Harbor for carillon       Buy Now
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Still Harbor evokes the sound of a breeze makes its way through a seascape of buoy bells. As the breeze moves, a gentle wave of sound rises and falls over the course of the piece. Each buoy bell uses 2 carillon bells tuned to a perfect fifth. For most instruments, the spectra of a perfect is one of the least rich, but for metal bells with their inharmonic spectra, the overtones are especially rich.

moon east: coupling

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moon east: bar for hans sachs

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moon east: standard deviation

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16steps into stillness
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16dissonance
16dhammapada
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16veloce
16drum break
16broken consort
16album leaves for trumpet
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16monkey king versus the spider wizard
16monkey king battles the generals
16house on the hill
16still harbor
16coupling
16bar for hans sachs
16standard deviation
16cube dance
16windchimes
16rococo suite
16chaconne mercy endures
16blender project
165 preludes
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16invocation
16a gauze of misted silver
16trio
16the day florestan murdered magister raro
16sturm und drang
16ithaka
16the path
16nativity
16adoro te devote
16hay dias
16agnus dei
16lamentations
16miles and miles
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16lachryme
16janus mask
16river of blood
16music
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