Down the Rabbit Hole

 String Orchestra (65532 min.)
Duration:                  7 minutes
Year:                           2012

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Program Notes:

    To be clear, the title is not in any way connected programmatically to the popular novel “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The piece is in a loose ternary form, opening with a fast and exuberant dance for the strings in 5/8 and 7/8. This is followed by a slow but elegant theme and variations section on a melody with vague oriental overtones.

    The title captures the movement and energy of the opening section, as one can imagine falling into the earth as the tremolo figures of the strings whirl around and around. It is also symbolic however of a voyage to find ones identity, as the protagonist in “Alice in Wonderland” also does through the falling into the hole. Before this piece, I have never directly explored the music of Asia and have possibly avoided doing so. ‘Down the Rabbit Hole” is in no way an authentic representation of music from Asia, but is the first in I hope many attempts to find a balance between the music of my culture and my artistic voice. The middle section is written in a quasi Asian style, similar to Rimsky Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Gustav Holst’s Japanese Suite.  Here, I use pizzicato and glissando to capture the expressive playing techniques in Asian music.

Performance History:

– Mar 16, 2013, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria BC
– Jan 24, 2015, Orchestre Nouvelle Génération, Salle Claude-Champagne, Montreal, QC:
– Jul 27, 2016, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Trinity St. Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
– Mar 24, 2017, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong
– Mar 25, 2017, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong


–  Official Selection: Hong Kong Baptist University New Music Festival 2017
–  Winner, Orchestre Nouvelle Génération Emerging Composers Competition 2014
–  Finalist, 1st Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Competition for Composers 2014