This composition is a reinvention of the ancient guqin tune “The Drunkard”, originally a popular ancient melody written around 220 AD during the Three Kingdoms Period by the famous and wise scholar Ruan Ji. Inspired by the context of poking fun at dark politics and troubled states, this composition depicts the various stages of drunkenness. The wild antics and unsteady steps are reflected by the juxtaposition of duple and triple dance rhythm. Contrasting melodic themes and colouristic use of Chinese instruments with percussion suggest dark humour, revealing the drunkard’s overexcitement but troubled mind.
Instrumentation: yangqin, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello
World premiere: Oct. 27, 2013 Xpressions concert
About Alice Ping Yee Ho 何冰頤
One of the most acclaimed composers writing in Canada today, Hong Kong-born Alice Ping Yee Ho has written in many musical genres and received numerous national and international awards, including the du Maurier Arts Ltd. Canadian Composers Competition, MACRO International Composition Competition, Boston Metro Opera International Competition, Martin Hunter’s Music Award, Luxembourg International Composition Prize, and International League of Women Composers Competition. Her opera “Lesson of Da Ji” commissioned by the Toronto Masques Theatre with librettist Marjorie Chan, won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for “Outstanding Original Opera”.