Drumming Ridge I – for dizi (chinese flute) and string quartet
premiered by Yeung Wai Kit Ricky, dizi; Fulcrum Point ensemble, Chicago, Feb 2010 Score (PDF)
Drumming Ridge II – for dizi, pipa, 2 erhus, zhonghu, cello Score (PDF)
Ta Kwu Ling, literally “Drumming Ridge”, is a series of hill-tops in the northern area of Hong Kong, close to the border with mainland china. It was said that in the Qing Dynasty, villagers beat a huge drum on the hill top to aleart their fellow villagers to defend against invaders. Later, it has been a major pathway for people who fled to Hong Kong during times of war and famine. In present days, its name is often heard in weather reports since it often experiences the highest and lowest temperatures. As a city in the sub-tropical region, it is rare that frost can be seen in this area in the winter. This piece is written for dizi and string quartet, with a percussive touch and military-like passages that suggests imaginations from its title.
Music for a short dance theatre piece choreographed by Anthony Middleton.
Erhu and electronic music by Li Cheong
Joint project by students of Music Department, the University of York and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, UK.
An erhu soundtrack version: