"Spiegel" is the German word for "Mirror".
The philosophy behind the piece:
"Everything we see is not what it really is, but only the reflection of who we are."
Music by J. Hermit
Dedicated to HIDE and YOSHIKI
Art of Life
For Flute, Trumpet, Soprano, Tenor, Piano, and Drum Kit
Prelude - Curse - Insanity - Elegy - Redemption - Rebirth
Four Miscellaneous Symbols - Flower
Music by J. Hermit
"Four Miscellaneous Symbols" is the idea from the Chinese philosophy book "I-Ching". Flower is one of the fundamental elements in nature. The music notes demonstrate the shape of the Chinese character "花" in four dimensions.
For Flute, Trombone and Piano
Water - Wood - Fire - Earth - Metal
In Chinese philosophy, the five elements generate one another in order as a circle.
For Flute, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Soprano, Tenor, and Piano
Stability and mobility generate from each other.
Parallel World D
(for solo soprano)
(for solo viola)
(for solo trumpet)
Is the parallel world a Utopian or is it also filled with conflicts?
Into the Bamboo
A sad warrior walked into a bamboo forest. Unexpectedly, he encountered a pretty fairy living in the bamboo and interesting stories happened soon after they met each other… …
This piece consists of three sections: A, B and C.
Section A is in minor key, which is the theme of the sad warrior. The instrumentations used are two types of Chinese flutes (Dizi and Xiao), Guzheng, and Asian Percussion.
Section B and C are both in major pentatonic. Section B is the theme of the fairy and the instrumentations are Celtic Tin Whistle, Celtic Harp and European Folk Kit. The instrumentations of the warrior start to join in during the second half of section B and the story is about they start to like each other, which makes the warrior happy.
In Section C, the rhythm pattern changes to triplets and this indicates they are dancing together. The instrumentations bend more with each other and lead this story to a happy ending.
The interesting point in making this piece is choosing the instrumentation. Even though one group is Chinese and the other is European, they are actually very similar: flute, harp and percussion. At first they are used to introduce different themes but the meaning behind it is the warrior and the fairy have a lot in common, even though they may look very different, and that is why they join each other and go to a happy ending.
无 (Wú) - Homage to Guitar
For Alto Saxophone and Piano
“无”, pronounced as “Wu” with rising tone (Wú), is a Chinese character, and the meaning is “none, nothing”. In Chinese philosophy, everything is included in “无” and everything can be generated from “无”.
Adventure of Carrot
For French Horn, Violin, Classical Guitar, and Piano
This is an interesting story. ^_^
P for Paris
@ J. Hermit - Yunjia Liu 2019