Chain of Being
For violin, violoncello and piano

Composition Date: 1994
Revision Date: 2015
Duration: 00:10:15
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Chain of Being is the notion of a hierarchy of perfection embracing all entities in unbroken order (New Webster Dictionary and Treasures). The inspiration of the work comes from the title itself. I have imagined the three instrumentalists: violin, cello, and piano represent three entities co-exist in an intimate domain, just like the voices of human, nature, and the mysterious force that governs the universe. The opening modal melody signifies the religious sense of the title that all “beings” live in harmony, in an ideal situation of progress and beauty. The use of a metallic chain inside the piano sparks the imagination of the listener, in relating to the title.


Premiere Information:
13 November 1994, Music Gallery, Toronto. Carol Fujino, violin; David Hertherington, cello; Alice Ho, piano.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3233 H678cb
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 17, 1998
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (23 p.) ;
    23 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Parts page count: 22
    2 parts ([22] p.) ;
    Height: 39 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Composed in 1994.
    Duration: 10:00
    For violin, violoncello and piano.
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