Programme Notes

Inspired by the transformations of clouds in the sky, this composition CLOUDS also implied the aspects of Chinese landscape painting. The direct physical connection between the painter and the meditational approach used in this ancient tradition played a key role in the shaping of the long heterophonically treated melodic phrases. The long-phrase heterophony ultimately determines the work’s structure. The final goal is to express an idealistic, optimistic, harmonious and beautiful view of paradise in the hope of nurturing mankind’s spirit.
Casting in a single movement, there are six main sections, although the dividing line between each is deliberately obscured. The entire piece starts slowly and ultimately reaches a wild multi-voiced, frantic climax which is followed by a detached and contemplative mood at the end.