Author Archives: Chien-Yu Huang

Scarborough Fair

 

Invited by violist Jui-Se Yang, professor of the Music Department at the National Taiwan Normal University, I arrange/compose four folk songs for viola and piano for the album April Rain: Heritage Music of the Heart — Folk Music Album for Viola. These four pieces are Peach Blossom Takes the FerrySong of Four SeasonsScarborough FairSong of the Seashore.

 

The album is recorded by violist Jui-Se Yang and pianist Chiao-Han Liao, and has been available in many stores including books.com.tw, Eslite Bookstore, Chia Chia Records, etc.

 

More information about the album at:
http://www.books.com.tw/products/0020202911


https://goo.gl/cDoZxz


https://www.ccr.com.tw/goods/354103

April Rain: Heritage Music of the Heart — Folk Music Album for Viola

Invited by violist Jui-Se Yang, professor of the Music Department at the National Taiwan Normal University, I arrange/compose four folk songs for viola and piano for the album April Rain: Heritage Music of the Heart — Folk Music Album for Viola. These four pieces are Peach Blossom Takes the Ferry, Song of Four SeasonsScarborough FairSong of the Seashore.

The album is recorded by violist Jui-Se Yang and pianist Chiao-Han Liao, and has been available in many stores including books.com.tw, Eslite Bookstore, Chia Chia Records, etc.

More information about the album at:
http://www.books.com.tw/products/0020202911

https://goo.gl/cDoZxz

https://www.ccr.com.tw/goods/354103

Phantasmagoria

 

About Phantasmagoria

 

Written for four cellos, Phantasmagoria is a piece combining my compositional thoughts and imagination that have been developed in the recent years. I began my education in Los Angeles for almost six years since 2008 and during the time, I started comprehending various types of arts including films, theaters, dance, and stage performance, as opposed to my previous study all focusing on the traditional concert works, or contemporary classical music. Those arts all, naturally or indirectly, stimulate or affect my musical linguistics in aspects of creating transition, reproduction, and development. I was living in a different study environment so that automatically encountered different cultures and peoples. Consequently, I returned with diverse exploration and deep self-examination. In the last years of my student life, the question I was frequently asked, out of my expectation, not from the series of academic curriculum such as counterpoint, harmony, orchestration, contemporary execution and notation, or individual instrument’s and ensemble’s timbre, but writing melody. I was not merely inquired by only one professor with question or straight answer like, “What is the most difficult thing? Melody.” “You have learned much from schools including orchestration, counterpoint, harmony, and so on. But when does a teacher tell you to write a great melody?”

 

Tonal or atonal, melody still exists in the contemporary repertoire in the 20th and the 21st centuries. Although, it has been developed and mutated, melody is definitely the only musical element that is apparently ignored, less-mentioned, and underrated.

 

I am hugely involved in commissions combining music with visual media in the past years and melodic lines of course the main concern that producers, filmmakers, actors and dancers care most of the time. However, as a contemporary composer, how to write melody beautifully after paying full attention to the skillful composing techniques covering well texture, abundant harmony, and novel tone colors, so that the music can still be artistic, intellectual, and spiritual, is the largest goal and subject of my current writing.

 

Even though composers seem to have to give up something intuitive for creating music original as well as for avoiding the criticism from academia, I think a successful melody is not only because it sounds great itself but how it is skillfully embedded into the fabulous counterpoint and harmony, and then comes out impressively through the collaboration with brilliant timbre and structure.

 

Try not to think of music but the sonority.

 

Phantasmagoria is a composition I composed after deliberating all the ideas mentioned above. I hope to deliver the music’s artistry and sympathy via the intelligence of melody, which to me is also the essence of music.

 

This work is commissioned by Cello4 and dedicated to YH Chen.

Music for the Official Title Design of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

The Ceremony Title Design that director Po Chou Chi created for 2016 The 53rd Golden Awards Ceremony formally becomes the official title design of the Taipei Golden Film Festival. I also compose a new track
for the title design.

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影展邀請去年第53屆金馬獎頒獎典禮視覺藝術總監的紀柏舟導演,將為金馬精心設計的動畫,改編成超現實的影展魔幻片頭。

遠看彷彿是一尊金馬形象的超現實雕刻,但近看可發現整座雕刻是由金馬獎裡22個不同獎項元素匯聚而成,立基在台灣的圖像上,彷彿有生命一般的舞動著。每個部份代表各獎項的意涵,互相依存,共同構成了整體金馬的電影本質世界。隨著象徵靈感和意念的光點一路飛舞,飄落到如沉思者般的導演手中,繼而點亮了整座山峰,也開啟了金馬的電影世界。

動畫設計:紀柏舟

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Posted by 金馬影展 TGHFF on Friday, November 3, 2017

The latest Cello4’s album was out on 3/10

The latest Cello4 ‘s album From Cello4 was out on 3/10。The work Phantasmagoria that I composed for the group in 2014 is also collected in this album.

For the purchase, please check Five Music,  Kuang Nan, Chia Chia Records, Eslite Bookstore, other record shops and independent bookstores.

More information about the release at:
books.com.tw: http://www.books.com.tw/products/0020197097

Chia Chia Records: https://www.ccr.com.tw/goods/339538

From Cello4 / Cello4

Arrangement commission from the 2017 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival Outdoor Concert — Our Films Our Songs

Commission from the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, I arrange Yu-Hsien Teng’s two classic songs U Ia Hoe (The Torment of a Flower) and Bang Chhun Hong (Longing for the Spring Breeze) for the 2017 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival Outdoor Concert — Our Films Our Songs that will take place on February 25th (Sat) and 26th (Sun) at 7pm in front of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.

More information about the concerts:
http://www.ksaf.com.tw/program-view.aspx?sn=407

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/1967246

https://m.nownews.com/news/2396579

http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20170207005178-260405

2017高雄春天藝術節草地音樂會《咱的電影咱的歌》