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Lei Liang / Chamber works "Milou"

Audio Samples

>Liang, Lei : Ascension, for brass quintet & percussion
>Liang, Lei : Winged Creatures, cadenza for harpsichord, 2 violins & cello
>Liang, Lei : A Journey into Desire, for guitar
>Liang, Lei : Yuan, for 4 saxophones
>Liang, Lei : Lake, for 2 flutes
>Liang, Lei : Harp Concerto
>Liang, Lei : Milou, for 6 saxophones, voices, percussion, electric guitar, piano & harpsicord

Album Summary

>Liang, Lei : Ascension, for brass quintet & percussion
>Liang, Lei : Winged Creatures, cadenza for harpsichord, 2 violins & cello
>Liang, Lei : A Journey into Desire, for guitar
>Liang, Lei : Yuan, for 4 saxophones
>Liang, Lei : Lake, for 2 flutes
>Liang, Lei : Harp Concerto
>Liang, Lei : Milou, for 6 saxophones, voices, percussion, electric guitar, piano & harpsicord
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lei Liang (b. 1972) is a Chinese-born American composer whose work can be situated within the lineage of the new wave of Chinese composers (such as Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng), yet whose vivid musical imagination and philosophical interests place him into a league of his own. The distinctiveness of his compositional approach, first and foremost, can be noted in Liang's avoidance of exoticized Chinese elements: one would not find stylized quotations of familiar folksongs or clichéd treatment of instruments. On Milou Liang offers a labyrinth of sounds in musical space, deploying various modernist and avant-garde procedures (post-serial techniques involving canons, indeterminacy, extended techniques for acoustic instruments, spectral analysis) to express music as a form of ritual-its rich layers of meanings to be experienced and deciphered through the act of listening and reflection.



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Works Details

>Liang, Lei : Ascension, for brass quintet & percussion
  • Ensemble: Meridian Arts Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Liang, Lei : Winged Creatures, cadenza for harpsichord, 2 violins & cello
  • Performers: Chia-Ling Chien (Cello); Kate Hatmaker (Violin); Takae Ohnishi (Harpsichord); Jeffrey Zehngut (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Liang, Lei : A Journey into Desire, for guitar
  • Performer: Pablo Gomez (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Liang, Lei : Yuan, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liang, Lei : Lake, for 2 flutes
  • Performers: Jane Rigler (Flute); John Fonville (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Liang, Lei : Harp Concerto
  • Performer: June Han (Harp)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liang, Lei : Milou, for 6 saxophones, voices, percussion, electric guitar, piano & harpsicord
  • Conductor: Tamara Brooks
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-1999
  • Studio/Live: Live