盛世遗墨绘昔尘 (Flourishing Age)
Music by You Yue
Commissioned for "無" - Yunjia's Guitar Art Showcase
Original Title in Chinese: “盛世遗墨绘昔尘”.
“盛世” - Flourishing Age; 遗墨 - "Remaining Ink"; "绘" - Paint; "昔尘" - Old Dust.
The meaning of the title is: Painting the old dust with the remaining ink of the flourishing age.
Music by J. Hermit
A Self-Portrait Piece.
"You give all you have, living everyday as walking on the blade. But, you might not get the reward."
The little Mermaid came with "Bubbles". She had the "First Glance" with the Prince and fell in love. But the "Destiny" came - she could only sing the "Aria of Dissolving" for the "last time", and disappeared with "Bubbles".
Inspired by H. C. Anderson's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid".
Music by J. Hermit
"How much can we change it?"
Maybe we are only "Shimmering", but dim light still cannot be neglected.
Un Dia de Noviembre
(One Day in November)
Music by Leo Brouwer
Ophelia ... a haunted sonata
Music by Phillip Houghton
I. FEAR... AND THE ANGEL
II. SUFFERING AND MADNESS.... AM I BUT A DREAM OF A SHADOW
III. CHANT...of the flower-moon
IV. WATER...memories-halls of ghosts-wash away
V. DEATH...with moons in your hair
"The mythic stereotype of the beautiful, lonely maiden who goes mad and kills herself is as old as myth itself. The most famous example in literature is like the legend of Ophelia, which was established by Shakespeare when he included Queen Gertrude's description of Ophelia and her death in 'Hamlet' (act IV). Another powerful influence on me - and also inspired by Shakespeare's magnificent text - was the painting 'Ophelia' (1852) by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Millais. It shows Ophelia drowning in a river, surrounded by a garland of wildflowers ... a strangely calm, otherworldly scene.
Looking beyond the 'beautiful maiden' aspect of the legend, I was drawn to the person who was Ophelia and to what she symbolised: the struggle, at an intimate spiritual and psychological level, of what it means to be human. In this light, the music may be seen to be a journey through an emotional/spiritual 'landscape' - through the forest of the mind / ocean of the heart.
Ophelia took her own life, after pain - through lack of love and identity - drove her to madness. Strip away the myth and we see not 'mad Lady Ophelia' but someone who suffered depression and mental illness - dislocation within, and a dislocation from the world and nature ... a tragic figure who led an inauthentic life. I felt compassion and empathy for Ophelia, and this was my starting point ... the only point ... into the 'black light'.
Ophelia gave in to her loss and loneliness ... 'am I but a dream of a shadow?' she may have cried, clawing at reality. In the music, I have tried to convey Ophelia's pain and suffering and the sadness of her tragedy ... where it all cries out as a yearning for healing and peace. It is also about death ... of Ophelia, slowly sinking into the cold palm of the unknown."
—— Phillip Houghton
Sydney, Nov 9th, 2010
Spring Breeze (望春风)
Chinese Folk Song
arr. Gerald Garcia
@ J. Hermit - Yunjia Liu 2020