C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Yuan, Guo: Eyes Creating Sunbirds - for Saxophone Quartet 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Eyes Creating Sunbirds - for Saxophone Quartet
  • Composer: 
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  • First performance (venue): 
    University of Cincinnati, USA
  • First performance (performers): 
    New Continent Saxophone Quartet, Sichuan Conservatory of Music


  • Program notes: 

    Sanxindui Site, a site of the Bronze Age on Sichuan Chengdu plain, has a history of
    4800 years. Jinsha Site, another site lying 50 kilometers away from Sanxindui, is 3000
    years from now. Both of them are the symbols of Ancient Shu culture. Two of the
    most precious relics excavated from the two sites are the bronze mask from Sanxindui
    and the sunbird gold foil from Jinsha. The bronze mask is featured with protruding
    eye balls of cylinder shape. The pierced sunbird gold foil is made up of two circles:
    the inner circle consisting of 12 brilliant rays rotate clockwise while the outer circle
    consisting of four birds head on feet fly counterclockwise.
    Combining the mask and the sunbird gold foil, the work creates two images: eyes
    and sunbirds, by which a picture is displayed that the ancient people looked for the
    sunbirds, found them and created them with their eyes out of the strong worship for
    the sun. At the beginning of the work, the strength and solidity of bronze ware are
    shown. With the progression of the music, eyes appear with various shapes as
    diamonds, bubbles, etc. In the slow part enters an exaggerated world of eyes through
    which a mysterious and miscellaneous world is seen. In the last part, the four players
    are taken as four sunbirds rotating around the sun counterclockwise on G tone from
    slow to very fast. After a strong chord, they turn the direction to rotate clockwise on
    3/4 F tone sharp. G tone and 1/4 G tone sharp just as twelve brilliant rays given off by
    the sun.



Total number of musicians: 
Musicians1st player2nd player



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