Sky of Clouds 彩云随想
Instrumentation: Mixed Chorus SATB
Duration: 8 minutes
I am always amazed and impressed by the variation of skies in Malaysia. Due to the equatorial climate, the skies in Malaysia are full of surprises, imaginations and mysteries. Their textures are unpredictable and make you wonder what’s there behind the clouds.
By using only vowels created by the choir, I attempt to seek for the variations of textures and simplicity to express my imagination of the voice in Sky of Clouds. This piece is divided into three sections:
The piece started with a pentatonic-scale motive: C-G-A-E-D, where this motive crosses through different layers between the groups of singers. This motion is to imitate the flowing of the clouds that are never have the same shape all the time.
After a small climax, the female choirs sing a new theme. As a bridge between the first and next section, the new theme kept the instability from the first section but at the same time, has a better direction of melody line.
The main theme was originally of a Hokkien folksong – “Tian Hei Hei”. With the new arrangement, the melody becomes fresh and more expressive. By repeating the theme through a variety of musical textures, the piece gradually builds up to reach the final climax.