Yifan Guo: Moon in the Water - violin version (2019)

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水中月

MOON IN THE WATER for violin

YIFAN GUO



Moon in the Water was written and premiered by Kunbo Xu in Ernst C. Stiefel Hall at Mannes School of Music on February 24, 2019; the violin version was premiered by Bihan Li at the Bard College on May 17, 2019.

The perception of most people is that there is a simple binary distinction between fiction and reality - that something is either real or unreal. This piece you are about to hear is inspired by the idea that this distinction is not so clear. Reality and fiction are interdependent, and beauty can be found in that grey space in between the two. This concept has been found in Chinese classical literature for centuries, and I was particularly inspired by the Qing dynasty novel Dream of the Red Chamber, which explores this idea. Musically, I use normal pitch vs harmonic pitch, actual rhythm vs beating rhythm, sustained sound vs deadened sound, and other seemingly contrary elements to represent this idea. Besides fiction and reality, beauty plays the role of the ego in the Freudian model of the psyche - the organized, realistic part that mediates between the desires of the id and the super-ego. In this piece the beauty is the music itself, and it is delicate and organized.


Performance Notes General:

Bowing: M.S.P.

proportional notation (a note the length of which depends on the length of the extension bar) change very gradually from one sound to another as fast as possible (when there’s no “slash” sign at the front of the beam, follow the tempo marking and play the rhythm as notated)

S.P.

sul ponticello

P.O.

posizione ordinaria (ordinary position)

S.T.

sul tasto

M.S.T.

irregular rhythm

molto sul ponticello

O.B.

molto sul tasto on the bridge

higher 0 lower

1_ 1_ 3_ 1_ 5_ 3_ 8 4 8 2 8 4

micro intervals

clb.

col legno battuto

ord.

arco ordinary (cancellation of clb.)

as high as possible

place the wood side of the bow on string(s), pizz. with left hand, and then vertically shift the bow back and forth on the string(s).

short fermata normal fermata long fermata duration: 9’

Left hand: page 3: the 4-line staff shows the left-hand finger changing during the descending glissando fingering

4 3 2 1

123

The timings are approximate and don't require exact accuracy. When playing long sustained tones the bow changes should always be made imperceptible.

harmonic series with fundamental:

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Moon in the Water for violin Yifan Guo

Volubile, delicato, libero q = 50

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* slightly rotate the finger to obtain the rate of pulsation (beating) ** use more bow and then leave the string after finishing the note *** these grace notes should be variated

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(very slow motion)

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M.S.T.

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(mute the strings with left hand) clb. ord. P.O. M.S.T.

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