Lei Liang, Peking Opera Soliloquy

Peking Opera Soliloquy (for alto saxophone) is based on a story told by my friend, the Chinese composer Mo Wuping. During the Cultural Revolution, a woman decided to take revenge on the local party official who had killed her husband. She did so by wailing like a ghost at dusk in the mountain behind the official’s residence. Months later, both the official and herself went insane. Mo Wuping was working on an opera based on this story when he suddenly passed away in 1993. In this piece, elements borrowed from the declamatory style of singing in Peking Opera, extended techniques on the saxophone as well as special lighting are incorporated in a dramatic performance to tell the underlying story. It was written in memory of my friend.

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