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Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra
alto saxophone and orchestra
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Xiaoxiang refers to the region in Hunan Province, China where the rivers Xiao and Xiang intersect. A tragic event took place in that region during the Chinese Cultural Revolution: a woman’s husband was killed by a local official. Without the means to seek justice, she decided to take revenge on the official by wailing like a ghost in the forest behind the official’s residence every evening. Months later, both the official and herself went insane. I composed Memories of Xiaoxiang (for alto saxophone and electronics, 2003) to commemorate this story through the use of electronically transformed sounds. The concerto re-synthesizes the electronic sounds through the means of an orchestra. Instead of displaying technical virtuosity, the soloist in this piece portrays the protagonist’s inability to articulate or utter. The soloist’s music is marked by silences. In that sense, the work may be perceived as an anti-concerto. Xiaoxiang was commissioned by and dedicated to Chien-Kwan Lin who gave its premiere at the World Saxophone Congress XV in Bangkok with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Allan McMurray. The revised version was premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Gil Rose with Chien-Kwan Lin as the soloist, in Jordan Hall, Boston on March 28, 2014. --- Lei Liang "Xiaoxiang" was a Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Orchestral Cast

2.2.2.bcl.2.-4.2.2.btbn.1-3perc(I. crot[2 octaves], bng, 2sus cym [high and medium], thin beaters, double bass bow [arco]; II. mar, crot[2 octaves], cong, cym, finger cym, tam-t, double bass bow [arco]; III. b.d, tempbl, vib, marac, double bass bow [arco])-hp-str(

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Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music Corporation
Year of composition:
2009 (2014)
10 ′
World Premiere:
March 28, 2014 · Boston, MA (USA)
Jordan Hall
Chien-Kwan Lin, saxophone · Conductor: Gil Rose · Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Chien-Kwan Lin

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LSMC 50569
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    Conductor: Zhang Jiemin
    Orchestra: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
    March 21, 2019 | (China) — CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
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    Conductor: Jose Serebrier
    Orchestra: Beijing Symphony Orchestra
    May 22, 2016 | Beijing (China) , The Concert Hall of National Grand Theatre
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    Conductor: Gil Rose
    Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    March 28, 2014 | Boston, MA (United States of America) , Jordan Hall — World Premiere
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