Moon World《月世界》– Lan Tung & Li Tung (2011) – flexible instrumentation
This piece is inspired by the unique landscape of Moon World in Tainan, Taiwan (台南市左鎮區的草山月世界). Resembling the surface of the moon, the chalk soil in this area has prevented the growth of grass and trees. The score combines three systems of musical notations: graphic notation, cipher notation (numbers), and conventional staff notation. Taiwanese painter/novelist Li Tung’s (董籬) landscape painting of Moon World has inspired the piece and provided the basic structure. The painting itself has become a part of the score, and the score is at the same time the artwork.
I visited Moon World on a field trip at junior high school and was struck by the unusual surroundings, as if stepping into an unearthly world. This image has stayed with me for all these years.
This piece is to capture the mysterious feel of the place, from a cloudious introduction, a surreal solo on a bass instrument, to an ensemble improvisation following closely to the shapes and shades of the mountains in Li’s painting. Zooming in extremely on the painting, various moods and shapes jumped out, offering the ideas for the first two sections of the piece. Only in the final part, the painting is revealed in its entireness.