Emanations is scored for violin, viola, cello, double bass and two percussionists. It is inspired by the ancient Chinese text Yijing (the Book of Changes) and Mongolian folk music. The title alludes to the various emanations resulting from the interactions of yang and yin archetypal forces. Although I have not assigned the role of yang and yin solely to either percussion or strings (rather the two groups alternately represent either one or both of these forces), contrast between the timbres of the string instruments and that of the percussion is nevertheless an important feature of this piece. I also contrast rhythmic events, specifically various kinds of tuplets with shifts and prolonging single notes in sonority. The ceaseless interplay between these elements creates the shape of the piece as a whole. According to the eight basic tri-grams in Yijing (each of which is made up of various combinations of the yang line and yin line), music expresses the character of life everlasting. Everything among these eight tri-grams is therefore interrelated. Constant change and the interrelationships between human beings and the material world form the eternal universe.

Fuhong Shi CN/CA

Fuhong received a Bachelor’s degree in composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2000. She then earned a Master’s degree in composition at the University of Victoria in 2005. In the fall of 2005, she began her doctoral studies with Professor Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto.

She was the recipient of a number of awards at the sixth annual Taiwanese Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest in 1997, at the first annual Yanhuang Cup Composition Competition in 1998, and at the Traditional Music Composition Contest of the Tai Wan National Chinese Orchestra in 2002. She was a finalist in 2006 Tsang-Houei Hsu International Music Composition Award, the winner of 2007 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music, and the Generation 2008 Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+ Composer’s Competition.

Fuhong has collaborated with numerous prominent orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+, Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienn, Tai Wan Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, China Guangdong National Orchestra. Her compositions and interviews were performed and broadcast in the USA, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and Southeast Asia.

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Fuhong Shi