This works evokes a mournful spirit of loss and solitude. The lyrics are taken from three sources: the Slovenian word Jesen (meaning Autumn/Fall), two ancient Chinese poems from the Tang and Yen Dynasty, and a quotation from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The text in the Chinese poem is sung in Mandarin; the quotation from Metamorphoses is recited in English half speaking, half whispering. These poetry deals with universal theme of mass destruction caused by wars and human corruption. The expressive and at time dramatic vocal lines combined with the subtle change of instrumental colors, depict imaginaries of grim landscape, ruins, and vast emptiness.

This work is commissioned by the Continuum through a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.

Alice Ho CA

Chinese Canadian composer Alice Ho has written music in many genres and received numerous awards including the 2014 PEI Symphony Composers Competition, 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Opera, and Martin Hunter’s Award for “Best Classical Composer”. Her works have been featured at acclaimed new music festivals and performed by many major ensembles such as the ISCM World Music Days, Ottawa Chamber Fest, Demarks' CRUSH New Music Festival, China National Symphony, Polish Radio Choir, Finnish Lapland Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Victoria Symphonies. Her discography includes releases on the Centrediscs, Blue Griffin, Electra and Phoenix labels.

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Alice Ho