Publisher: G. Schirmer
Out of Peking Opera (1994)
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
What is Out of Peking Opera?
1. The first three bars of this piece are a direct quotation from the 'jing hu’ fiddling tradition of Peking Opera. This is the seed of the work as it unfolds, becomes increasingly abstract, increasingly expressionistic, and develops power, beauty, and longing.
2. I began this piece when I first came to New York and left behind the ancient continuity of Chinese society. I saw new things and began to make new connections between my own thoughts and the rest of the world. I felt refreshed, yet lamenting. I started to see my past more clearly. But I'm still not sure if "out of" means farther away, or closer.
In 1987, I wrote Out of Peking Opera with ambivalence by confronting serialism, being attracted to it yet doubting that it was the way for me. I would grapple with this issue until 1994, when I finally let it go.
Lin Cho-Liang, Kalevi Olli
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