Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 9

Sonata for Flute and Piano was composed over the summer of 2008 and was heavily influenced by jogging and running. Another milestone established by this piece is my first major use of pentatonicism. This, combined with stylistic features such as trills and grace notes, make the soloist sound like a Chinese flute (dizi). The performance time is around 28 minutes.

The sonata follows the conventional sonata form – slow mvt. – rondo structure, and each movement is inspired by a place on Hong Kong Island: Bowen Road (a popular jogging path), Jardine’s Lookout (mountain near the centre of the island) and Tai Tam (site of a reservoir).

The first two movements received its first performance on 25 June 2010 at Wah Yan College (Hong Kong), with myself as soloist and Felix Tam as pianist.

Digitally rendered recording:

Premiere of first two movements (starts at 17:11 of following video):

You may download the file from IMSLP.

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