Chou Wen-chung

Echoes from the Gorge (Notation)

From the program notes of Echoes from the Gorge, composed in 1989.

Echoes from the Gorge is the magnum opus of Chou: it represents a summation of all the concepts, East and West, acquired throughout his career. This work deploys vast timbral resources, yet is unprecedented in the thoroughness with which it codifies certain Western percussion practices according to [1] timbres, [2] sticks with regards to articulation, and contact location on the instruments. Such extensive codification results in a vast network of intrinsic structures comparable to Chinese ideograms.

Distribution of Percussion Instruments

Bitmap showing compositional arrangement of percussion parts I and II.

 

Bitmap showing compositional arrangement of percussion parts III and IV.

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