The Chinese saying “Double Happiness arriving at the door” is almost self-explanatory. It means there are two jubilating events to be celebrated. The two kinds of happiness the composer is describing are inner and outer joyfulness. The paired erhus represent double contentment, while the cosmic sound of the piano envelopes the exuberance.
Instrumentation: piano, 2 erhu
World premiere: Oct. 27, 2013 Xpressions concert
About Chan Ka Nin 陳嘉年
Chan Ka Nin is a distinguished Canadian composer whose extensive repertoire draws on both east and west in its aesthetic outlook. Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Toronto, he has written in most musical genres and received many national and international prizes, including two JUNO awards, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the Béla Bartók International Composers’ Competition in Hungary, and the Barlow International Competition in the United States. In 2001 he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Musical for his opera Iron Road, written with librettist Mark Brownell, depicting the 19th-century construction of the Canadian national railroad by Chinese migrant laborers.