Imaginary Opera

Alexina Louie
Composer
Alexina Louie
Composition Date: 2005
Duration: 00:17:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 1 x Other woodwind
  • 2 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
These “scenes from an imaginary opera” (an imagined ghost opera) reveal my long-standing pre-occupation with an integration of Eastern and Western approaches in my music. Much of my music develops from the philosophy of (extreme) contrast and balance rooted in the principles of Yin and Yang. More specifically, one finds the influences of Japanese instruments such as the hichiriki (a small double reed instrument), the shakuhachi (a vertical bamboo flute), and the sho (a multiple-piped double reed instrument), which inspire the use of such devices as bending tones, control of vibrato, and dense chord clusters.

The "Prologue" reveals many of the compositional elements which are revisited in the following movements. "By The River" alludes to an imagined dramatic event, moving to a turning point near the end - a heightened emotion after a quiet and mysterious central section. The harmonies slowly but inexorably move to a quiet unison note. "Frozen Rain" is a compact movement which explores the most ephemeral of sounds. "Pursuing The Dragon", a “break-out” movement, is a flash of virtuosic intensity heading toward a finale comprised of a flurry of Chinese opera gongs.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 L888im
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 29, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (55 p.) ;
    55 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 234
    11 parts ((234) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Flute (and alto flute), oboe, clarinet (and bass clarinet), contrabassoon, two percussion, piano, two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass.
    1. Prologue
    2. By the River
    3. Frozen Rain
    4. Pursuing the Dragon
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