Pond Mirrors Bright Sky / Wild Horse Running
for violoncello and piano

Alexina Louie
Composer
Alexina Louie
Composition Date: 2013
Revision Date: 2015
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Cello

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
I was contacted by Bryan and Silvie Cheng about their performance of my piece Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II as part of Cheng² Duoʼs 2011 Carnegie Hall debut recital programme. Due to the success of their debut, the presenters immediately asked them back for the 2012 - 2013 season. For this return engagement, the duo requested that I write them a special new work to be premiered on their New York concert, resulting in a set of two pieces — Pond Mirrors Bright Sky and Wild Horse Running.

The first piece reflects the support that Bryan and Silvie give to one another, both as devoted brother and sister, as well as duo partners. To achieve this, I created phrases in Pond Mirrors Bright Sky which allow the performers to jointly stretch and shape the melodic lines. In another section, the piano plays a melody in descending chords accompanied by fast repeated figurations on the cello.

Subsequently the instruments switch musical materials. Another part explores very fast dovetailing of melodic lines resulting in a dense and scurrying texture, one instrument mirroring the other. Toward the end, the performers play fast thirty-second note parallel phrases an octave apart. Finally the piece arrives at a playful finale which suggests sunlight playing on the surface of a pond.

The second piece, Wild Horse Running, was inspired by Silvie’s Chinese zodiac sign. She was born in the Year of the Horse. It was my intention to convey not only the power and speed of the noble creature, but also the poetry of its motion. This piece has dramatic musical gestures for the cello — strummed four note chords, struck finger board, some unusual glissandi passages, and exaggerated vibrato, among other techniques.

Premiere Information:
21 April 2013, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
Cheng² Duo: Bryan Cheng, cello; Silvie Cheng, piano

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3213 L888pon
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Cello
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 10, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (31 p.);
    31 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 13
    1 part (13 p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Dedicated to the memory of Bryan Cheng’s cello teacher and mentor, Yuli Turovsky.
    Commissioned by: Cheng² Duo
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