for Erhu, Pipa and Yangqin
performed by Nathan Kai-him Chan, Hiu-fung Chan and Ka-yi Yuen
Here is a quote from Grandmasters directed and written by Mr. Wong Kar-wai, ‘If you bear a
belief in mind, it will reflect on you. Relying on your honor to light the lantern. Where there is
a lantern, there will always be people.’ which means if people can never give up their belief,
they will receive their rewards eventually; they should also spread the belief in any case to
impress as many people as they can.
This quote gave me inspiration to compose, so I started working on the messages brought out
in that movie and translating them into musical languages. The piece begins with a Dorian
mode on E, and then mingles with atonal passage and pentatonic scale respectively, which
will finally end on a pentatonic scale on E. The complex mixture of 3 different ideas portrays
the bewilderments you face while you embrace your conviction; the motif played on Erhu
develops gradually throughout the piece, which describes the steadfast belief you uphold; and
the pure harmonic timbre of the pentatonic ending represents the reward you finally triumph.
Echoing the message revealed in the movie, the only solution for accomplishing your goal is
to live in your belief.