Commissioned by Feeding Music Expo Milan
Opus number: EH.36
For : Flute (including Alto Flute in G),
Clarinet in B flat (including Bass Clarinet in B flat), Percussion,
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
First performance : Music for EXPO 2015, Italian Pavilion, Milano
Duration: ca. 13 min.
Panorama for seven instruments
In Panorama, a work for seven instruments, the artist again undertakes a descriptive theme of beauty: beautiful and brilliant, the wonders of nature and vast power! Most of the things made in nature are always next to our lives. The random phenomenon created in nature takes various elements and methods. Among the many energies that make life, light and the sun are the motto, express metaphorically the light and the transparent light, and the energy of the light and the sun in various ways. Written two years after Gohok, in 2015, this work features dynamics of sound, which are facilitated by the ensemble line-up: flute (including alto flute), clarinet (including bass clarinet), percussion, piano, violin, viola, and violoncello.
This piece utilizes a colorful panorama of sounds which form the basis of the central sounds of the work’s individual fragments. This reminds one of Giacinto Scelsi’s late works; however, one can detect a different flow of energy in Chang’s music. An entire spectacle of instrumental virtuosity takes place against a background of static central sounds. The individual musical rhetorical figures have been set “inter-instrumentally”, thereby rendering the effect of “timbre hypnosis” even more potent. The music flows in an unknown direction, yet we are securely guided by the composer throughout. The inner tension does not relax for even an instant, whereas both dense and light textures augment the effect of inner dynamism in the work’s individual fragments. - Dariusz Przybylski