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Woodwind Quintet

Program Notes

One Two Three Traffic Light, Watch Out When You Cross the Road!

As inspired by the game 'Red Light/Green Light', one of my best childhood memories, this piece portrays a group of children playing the game. The music is surrounded by two contrasting rhythmic motives, depicting the 'ghost' (the stop light) and the children respectively. The ghost, as first introduced by the bassoon, will alternate among different instruments. The ghost gradually speeds up shouting “red light/green light” as the children come closer: some get caught when they do not manage to 'freeze' themselves as the ghost looks back (anyone who is caught moving is out); some laughed when seeing somebody trip; some look silly while freezing. Finally, when a child touches the ghost, all the children run as fast as they can.

 

The ghost’s last three steps will reveal who will be out.​

一 二 三 紅綠燈 過馬路要小心!

《紅綠燈》是我兒時最喜歡的一個遊戲之一,亦是樂曲的靈感來源,嘗試以音樂去「玩」紅綠燈。樂曲以兩個不同節奏動機去扮演一群孩童開始遊戲,起初以巴松管扮演「鬼」一角,其後「鬼」會在不同樂器間交替出現。隨著遊戲發展,孩子們向「鬼」步步逼近,「鬼」的節奏亦越發急促,煞制不及的人被「鬼」捉到要勾手指。遊戲中有人跌倒了,有人放聲大笑,各種奇怪的定格姿勢更是逐一出現。遊戲的尾聲,一個小孩拍了一下「鬼」,所有人隨即四散狂奔,「鬼」立該大叫一聲「停」,畫面再次定格,所有人靜止不動。

 

在「鬼」邁出的最後三步中,又會是誰會被捉到呢?

Red Light / Green Light

RITA YUNG

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