| Naluwan Marimba
(marimba & wind band), 2007 [8'40"]
This piece was world-premiered at the Taichung Chung-Hsin
Hall in Taiwan on July 21, 2007. It was performed by the
Hsinchu Wind Orchestra, with Mr. Ito Yasuhide conducting.
This marimba concerto for the wind orchestra was commissioned
by the Hsinchu Wind Orchestra. The music contains four parts,
describing the legends and legacies of the A-Mei Tribe in
- Bon-Cha – Ancestor of the A-Mei Tribe:
(measures 1-72): From the opposite shore of the ocean,
Bon-Cha and his sister drifted to Taiwan in a canoe. They
started generations after generations, becoming the A-Mei
- Chief Malago Fighting Giant Alika: (measures
173-130): On the Mei-Lun mountains in Hua-Lieng, Chief
Malago led the tribe warriors against the aggression of the
giant, Alika. Combats after combats the giant was finally
defeated. The tranquility and happiness of the tribe was
- Song of Life: (measures 131-158): The fireplace was
where the family got together, lived, and educated their
youngsters. It was the center of the family and the source
of livelihood. At the gathering place the tribe members sat
around the fireplace and sang, symbolizing the continuation
and prosperity of life.
- Harvest Festival: (measures 159-183): Praying for
a good harvest in the coming year was done with singing and
dancing. The more enthusiastic the celebration is, the more
abundant the crops will be. Harvest Festival was the most
important celebration for the agriculture based A-Mei Tribe.
Thus, this theme is used for the grand finale.