National Symphony Orchestra to premiere second '1-minute' piece

10/20/2021 05:24 PM
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The National Symphony Orchestra rehearses with pianist Lu Yi-chih at the National Concert Hall in Taipei Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021
The National Symphony Orchestra rehearses with pianist Lu Yi-chih at the National Concert Hall in Taipei Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) The National Symphony Orchestra will premiere the second piece in its "One-minute Symphony Project" at a concert in Taipei on Friday, it said Wednesday.

Friday's concert at the National Concert Hall will begin with the 1-minute composition "Falling" by Cheng Ya-tzu (鄭雅慈), one of the up-and-coming Taiwanese composers the project is eager to promote and nurture, the orchestra said in a statement.

"The piece is about the status of falling; there is no real beginning or end. I tried to highlight the experience of the process of falling by creating a sense of instability," Cheng said in the statement.

The project, which asks musicians to compose a piece of exactly 1 minute in length, was planned by the group's Artistic Adviser Jun Märkl, who took up the post for the 2021-2022 season that began this summer.

Märkl said he hoped the project could unearth talented young composers who can write music that represents Taiwan's sound. The first piece presented by the project was Chou Jun-ying's (周潤瑩) "Trauma" at a concert on Oct. 8.

Conductor Wu Yao-yu. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021
Conductor Wu Yao-yu. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021

The concert on Friday will be conducted by Wu Yao-yu (吳曜宇), winner of the 53rd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors in France in 2013.

Wu will be joined by pianist Lu Yi-chih (盧易之) for the concert's second piece -- Norwegian Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

Lu said Grieg's use of arrangements rooted in Norwegian folk music make the piece feel very "Nordic," reflecting the theme of the concert -- "Northland Fantasy."

Pianist Lu Yi-chih. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021
Pianist Lu Yi-chih. CNA photo Oct. 20, 2021

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, titled "Winter Daydreams." The Russian composer is one of three themes being highlighted by the orchestra in 2021 and 2022, and it will play all seven of his symphonies (including the Manfred Symphony) during the year-long season.

Tickets to the concert are available on the OpenTix ticketing service.

Also on Wednesday, the orchestra unveiled its program through the end of the year, which includes a collaboration between the orchestra and Dance Forum Taipei in a concert that will see dancers perform to selected pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns on Dec. 31.

Due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19 in the scheduling of guest musicians, the orchestra chose not to publish all of its programs at the beginning of the season but rather in phases.

(By Kay Liu)

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