In Harmony with Nature 天籟之音

Music is the expression of life, and life is inseparable from nature. Us urban dwellers may feel disconnected from Mother Nature, yet that is all the more essential that we sought tranquility or refuge in the woods and the waters and the living beings of the countryside.
This concert brings to you the harmony of nature as heard through the composer’s mind, from the undercurrents of the swan lake, to the minuscule movements of a spider; from the hard working ox in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to the free soaring lark of Haydn’s string quartet.

音樂是生活的寫照,而生活則與大自然息息相關。我們住在城市,或許只會聯想到大自然帶來的麻煩,例如是被蚊咬,中雀屎,登革熱,禽流感等等,但當我們要擺脫城市的煩囂,就會珍惜郊外的平靜。
今次的音樂會將透過作曲家的想像,把大自然的聲音帶給大家;從細小的一隻蜘蛛,到天鵝湖裏的暗湧、「雲雀」四重奏的自在,希望大家能借此拉近與大自然的距離

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鬼才高德

by Stephen Hung

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筆者近期着手於模仿已故加拿大鋼琴家格連.高德(Glenn Gould)的彈法。雖然自小已熟識高德所錄的唱片,但當把自己的錄音與高德的錄音放在一起比較時才發現到:儘管高德㑹習慣性地邊彈邊唱,他的琴聲完全没有半點歌唱的味道。

鋼琴的教學,自貝多芬及蕭邦開始都一向着重於用連音去模仿人聲。貝多芬的徒弟車爾尼(Czerny)曾引述貝多芬對莫扎特彈琴方法的諸多不滿,尤其是連音方面有所欠缺,以至彈出來的音樂似被斬開一份份的。另一方面,蕭邦對人聲的仰慕源於當時流行的「美聲」意大利歌劇作品(Bel Canto)。這兩人都是對十九世紀浪漫時期最具影響力的鋼琴家,於是乎,用桘仔敲擊弦線而做到歌唱的效果就潛意識地成為了每位彈琴人的目標。

明顯地,高德的彈法與這種對連音的要求是背道而馳的,這亦是他令很多人感到反胃的原因。但是,雖然他捨棄了一種主觀、如歌的表達方式,卻換取了抽離、寫實的敍事手法。筆者文學修養甚淺,姑且以兩句中學讀過的唐詩說明兩種手法的分別。

李白,將進酒:「君不見高堂明鏡悲白髮,朝如青絲暮成雪。」

杜甫,春望:「烽火連三月,家書抵萬金。白頭搔更短,渾欲不勝簪。」

兩句大致上都是慨嘆人世的變卦,但李白嘆的是自己的人生,杜甫嘆的是百姓的苦命;前者主觀的向讀者訴說自己懷才不遇,後者則是輕描淡寫的報告眼前所見的事物。李白再命苦,也不及百姓的淒涼,所以抽離的敍事手法有時候可以比七情上面的大詩人更加入肉。

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音樂裏面,何謂抽離的敍事手法?當音樂家全神貫注的去做一件事而非着意於表達感情便謂之「抽離」。巴哈所着意的是對位法之術(counterpoint),所以他的音樂比起貝多芬的似乎有一層冰冷的隔膜。高德所着意的,則是鋼琴發音上的變化;抄襲高德的最大益處就是學會將琴聲系統化。高德並非不彈連音,只不過他不會整句樂都彈連音,硬是要在中間灑上些跳音。一個小節內,他可以走盡極端,連音與跳音之餘,亦會加上爆炸性的重音及朦朧的弱音。學着高德的琴法在不同的鋼琴上試聲的時候,發現到鋼琴的音色純綷是音長(連、跳)及音量(重、弱)的變化;要充份發揮每部鋼琴的音色,必須摸索到它爆炸性及朦朧的極限。出色的鋼琴,會自然地於兩極之間散出不同的顏色。此等音色,可遇不可求,所以高德在發音上的變化會更為着重於音的長短。

傾向於抽離的作家及音樂家並非每人都能有杜甫及巴哈的成就。高德的彈法源於對二十世紀初最後一批浪漫派音樂家的反叛,以至會刻意地遏止音樂的抒情,刻意地將情感從音樂中抽離。音樂本身是否帶有情感乃見仁見智,但高德這標奇立異的取態,卻令他的音樂欠缺杜甫及巴哈的樸實而顯得自作聰明。他的創意及小聰明是無可否認的,但當我們更細心地聆聽,就會發他潛意識裏對音樂的觸覺不下於杜甫對社稷的感慨。

原文初次刊登於:  http://www.gooclasshk.com/archives/8163

哥斯拉來香港?

不! 是歌、詩、拉!

詩詞同音樂一向都係本質非常相似而不可分割嘅藝術形式。觸景生情、借景抒情、緣情寫景 ー 用音樂佩上押韻嘅詩詞已經喺好耐之前成為人們抒發深切情感最常用嘅表達。雖然創作方式極廣、學問博大精深,但係精髓亦離唔開音樂同詩詞嘅結合。沒了詩詞又會點?

Timecrafters 今次將會同大家分享一啲非常美麗嘅室樂作品,尋找音樂同詩詞嘅關係,比較同感受作曲家對詩詞嘅表達,聆聽音樂之中嘅詩景。

音樂會內容與著名怪獸《哥斯拉》並無關係。

P.S. 踓然沒怪獸,但係想看可哥斯拉可以到時激嬲我地個cellist wong ka lap

Programme includes: DEBUSSY Clair De Lune, STRAUSS Wasserrose, ROXBURGH Wordsworth Miniatures, HAHN L’heure exquise, SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden and more

Soprano: Alison Lau
Violins: Choi Kwan Young, John Wong
Viola: Chan Waibun
Cello: Wong Kalap
Clarinet: Fung Yatshan
Piano: Rod Yu

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About Us

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We are a classical music chamber ensemble of top quality musicians specialized in playing themed mini-concerts in an entertaining way. TimeCrafters is our name and our players involved freelance players for the HK Philharmonic, Sinfonietta and the HK City Chamber. We had been playing with others for 3 years and have a tacit mutual understanding with each other, as well as a strong bond in sounds and styles.

Our vision is to enhance the classical music appreciation of the Hong Kong public and we witnessed how mini-concerts with short programmes keep the interest of the audiences thrived. We experienced how to involve audiences with audio guidance and demonstrations to give them ideas about different pieces of music, the inter-connectedness of the music pieces and how to appreciate the classical music.

The TimeCrafters is led by Mr. Ka Lap WONG, the Artistic Director, who had over five years of experience in promoting chamber music both in Hong Kong and England. He is also an enthusiastic promoter of the classical music appreciation project. United by the same vision, members of the TimeCrafters instilled in their music a special bonding through their extraordinary performances in the past three years.

The TimeCrafters had already performed five mini-concerts last year in a duration of four months since they were established. Their repertoires included mini-concert programme on the influence of Bach on the music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, mini-concerts based on the themes of Impressionism and Symbolism respectively, and one that dedicated to the life of Beethoven. The concerts had received great feedbacks from the audiences.