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.
Yiu-kwong Chung is Taiwan's best known and most often performed composer, and is currently (since 2007) the General Director of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO).
During his tenure with TCO, he has written concerti for numerous top-class soloists. He conducted the orchestra’s European Tour (with soloist Evelyn Glennie) and staged performances in Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris that brought immediate international fame to the Orchestra. He is best known for his grand, avant-garde symphonies, brass ensembles, Taiwanese national music, traditional operas, musical theatre, and new-age style pieces.