Moon in the Black Mountains 黑山月 (2006)

for solo flute fl

in 4 movements
ca 6 minutes
commissioned by Ching-yi Ho

Premiere: April 28th, 2006 by Ching-yi Ho; Eugene OR


  1. The moon looms ???
  2. Pale white moon ???
  3. Black mountain lament ???
  4. Cloud & Moon Dance ???

This is a piece commissioned by Ching-yi Ho. The project began with a premise that it would have a flavor of traditional Chinese flute music. I eventually added in more influence of the Japanese shakuhachi, Chinese qin music and a bit more of my own imaginary dance form. Soon after all was set, I started hearing bits and fragments of melody when I walked in the dark woods under the full moon, and the piece came together soon afterward.

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