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Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossoms for clarinet and piano (2012), ca. 15’

梅花操的迴響

I. Fantasia

暗香疏影


II. Ten Thousand Blooms

萬花竟放


III. Plum Blossoms

釀雪爭春


The musical material of this piece is loosely derived from a popular Nankuan melody, Plum Blossoms. Nankuan, a traditional style of southern Chinese/Taiwanese music, dates back to 500AD. This melody serves as a basis for all three movements. In the fantasia like first movement, the Nankuan melody is first subtly introduced in a fragmented and motivic way. By the end of movement, a longer continuous melody appears. The second scherzo-like movement takes the faster and active passages from the first movement as a basis for playful and energetic music. The rich and elegant Nankuan melody is most apparent in the lyrical, contrapuntal final movement.


Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom for clarinet and piano was original written for alto saxophone and piano. This version was adopted at the request of Chinese clarinetist Jun Qian and Canadian pianist Kent McWilliams.

Score available from Trigon Music Press

Recording available at Albany Records, iTunes, and Amazon