Nocturne 2 was completed in April 2008, scored for an orchestra of [2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 Bb Cl, 2 Bsn, 3 F Horn, 2 Bb Tpt, 2 Tbn, Tuba, Timpani, Triangle, Harp, Violins 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass].
“The second nocturne, in E minor, is inspired by the beauty of the hills on Hong Kong Island, where I live. This was at a time soon after I started running, and partly due to the fact that the inter-school cross country running competitions were held at the reservoir at Aberdeen, I was obsessed with walking / running between my school at Wan Chai and Aberdeen, using the paved road through Wan Chai Gap, ascending steep inclines and through dense woodlands as I go. The tranquillity and beauty of the hills simply cannot be expressed in words. The nocturne is in tertiary form. After a short introduction the theme is played by the oboe. The arpeggios of the harp are important in shaping the tranquillity of the music. The music elaborates itself until a transition leads to the second section in B minor. The theme in the second section is repeated in a fast flowing manner. The music transits back to the first section, and fades out.” – from an introduction I wrote last year.