Date：September 24, 2018
Venue：National Concert Hall
All great music is made up of smaller parts. Notes combine into melodies, melodies into songs, and songs define a composer, an era, and that ineffable quality we call “genius.”
Tang Prize Laureates are like great composers. They are wholeheartedly dedicated to their craft. They labor over details: getting every note just in the right place, and, if the result is not perfect, s==tarting over again from scratch, until they create something truly great.
The world is both growing and shrinking. We as a civilization have grown, but with our greater power comes greater responsibility for the consequences of power. And with the growth of civilization and the technology that connects us, human beings have grown closer and the world smaller. That is why the Eastern concept of living sustainably with nature is so important at this moment. And so, today, we celebrate and encourage those who aim high and favor contemplation.
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Fanfare for Tang Prize
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart：Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart：Requiem
Gordon Chin: Golden Beam on the Horizon of Formosa
Conductor Shao-Chia Lü
Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music in Taipei before matriculating at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and Vienna’s College of Music. His training won him several important first prizes at three renowned international conductor competitions: Besançon (France), Pedrotti (Italy) and Kondrashin (the Netherlands).
Clarinet / Jörg Widmann Resident performer of the NSO for the 2018/19 musical year
Has been called the "modern Mozart"
Currently the most famous performer/composer in Europe
National Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra ( NSO), also known as the Taiwan Philharmonic, became the resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall, and an artistic affiliate of the National Performing Arts Center in April 2014.
Taipei Philharmonic Chorus
Founded in 1972, Taipei Philharmonic Chorus has established a reputation as one of the most prestigious choruses in Taiwan. The chorus has been awarded and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture since 1994.
Yiu-Kwong Chung : Fanfare for Tang Prize
From the pen of composer Yiu-Kwong Chung comes this fanfare, a musical form best representative of the Western spirit. Along with a brass quintet, one timpani, and two percussionists from the Western canon, Chung has added the ancient solemnity of the bianzhong and the unrestrained forwardness of two suona from the tradition of Chinese music to create this Fanfare that melds music and motifs from East and West.
Solemn strikes of the bianzhong are followed with the slow but invigorating tempo of the brass quintet and the percussionists as we enter the Fanfare proper. Next, the main theme of the Fanfare, full of the sprightly steps of Taiwan’s aboriginal dance; here the suona and the brass quintet develop a counterpoint, each voicing its own bold clarion call. Finally, we end with the softer sounds of the suona and brass.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart：Clarinet Concerto K622, A major
The Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, is Mozart’s last piece for a single instrument after his opera The Magic Flute. At every point in the concerto, Mozart’s genuine musical style reveals itself: sprightly, cheerful, nimble. One other piece from this period in Mozart’s life is his Requiem. Even though they are proximate in time, the two works are distant in character. It is astonishing that these are the last rays of light of such a brilliant composer.
In terms of instrumentation, this unique concerto uses basset clarinet and has a massive musical range. After Mozart’s death, it was rearranged for solo clarinet. It was only in the 20th century that the truth of the concerto was discovered, but after so much time had passed, the original autograph had already been lost.
Dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra is emphasized in this piece. There is no complexity, per se, in this piece; it marks a return to simplicity and the style of chamber music.
Due to its singular quality, the Clarinet Concerto in A major has been used in dozens of movies, from Out of Africa (1985) to The King’s Speech (2010).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart：Requiem, K626, D minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem has a very interesting, even theatrical, history. And there is no one definitive edition. Whatever the truth is, one cannot deny that Mozart’s health at the time of composition was not at its peak—though even while laid up sick, he was busied daily by writing musical notation. The Requiem is a majestic piece. Stylistically, it is very unique. Originally written for a religious requiem service, the work has gone on to become one of the great pieces of our musical heritage.
Gordon Chin: Golden Beam on the Horizon of Formosa
Composed by the famous Taiwanese composer Gordon S. W. Chin for choir and grand orchestra, the lyrics to this song are in Taiwanese (a dialect of Chinese). Listening to the lyrics, one can draw a vivid scene in one’s mind—riding up the mountain in a train, then finally reaching the peak and seeing a sea of clouds below you as the sun slowly rises over Taiwan.