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Lam, Fung: Quintessence 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Quintessence
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    10
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2014
  • First performance (venue): 
    Hong Kong Cultural Centre
  • First performance (performers): 
    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The Chinese title of the work has two layers of meaning. It literally means ‘contain’, which refers to something of positive potential. The deeper meaning relates to the concept of the Five Aggregates in Buddhism, namely form, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness, which are the core aspects shared by sentient beings of all shapes and forms.

    The English title corresponds to a similar concept in ancient Greek philosophy. Quintessence is the fifth and the highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, and thought to be the magical substance of gods and latent in all living things.

    This concept, with its lively and positive character, served perfectly as the starting point of this work, written in celebration of HK Phil’s 40th anniversary. The composition consists of a series of short and contrasting sections which share the same handful of distinctive core musical elements, the most significant of which being the zigzag shaped melodic line, signifying the journey towards one’s goals.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
27
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
Piccolo
C
Oboe
3
Oboe
Cor anglais
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Trombone
3
Alto
Alto
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Glockenspiel
Vibraphone (C3)
Timpani
Bass Drum
Tamtam
Other
Harp
1
 

 

 

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