Luminosity Etude (2017) – Stephen Yip (Hong Kong/USA, 1971)
Commissioned by the VIPA Festival for the Mivos Quartet
Premiered July 7, 2017 in Valencia, Spain
Recording Engineer: Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Mixed by Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie
Luminosity Etude was written for Mivos String Quartet and premiered at the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, Spain in 2017. Composer found the inspiration from a 19th century architect, Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterwork, Basilica of Sagrada Família. At the narthex of the Basilica, Gaudi intended to provide a great visual point for people to view the vaults of the nave, crossing, and apse. The interior design of the various geometric forms provided the graduated increase in vault loft and the central vault reaches 200 feet height. The two-side of columns was planned as a notion of mirror trees and branches, which is the one of the symbols of catholic practice.
The study of sound spectrum and luminous intensity were the first motivation in composing this piece. Composer found many interest in searching out several high partial natural harmonics on strings as his one of the major elements. There were various performing techniques of harmonic sound such as harmonic trills, string multi-phonic sound and glissando were employed in this piece. To explore new sonic resonance capacity on strings was one of the procedures to achieve the spiritual delight. Beauty was created the natural light through the coloration of the mosaic stained glass. Transformation of a decayed structure into a new environment and the collection and preservation of stained glass
Stephen Yip was born in Hong Kong and is now living in the USA. He received his doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.) at Rice University and bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His mentors include Wing-fai Law, Clarence Mak, Arthur Gottschalk and Ellsworth Milburn. Yip’s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Philippines. He has received several composition prizes, including the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, the Taiwan Music Center International Composition Prize, the Singapore International Composition Competition for Chinese Orchestra, and the Haifa International Composition Prize.
More information: http://www.stephen-yip.com/Stephen_Yip/Home.html
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