- for piano
- 1: Bela Vista-Macau, 2: Kowloon Harbour, 3: Temple at Wong Tai Sin
|Score (1437k)||Page 1 of each 'Sketch'||© Patrick Shepherd|
Three sketches from the East was written in response to my first visit to Hong Kong, reflecting the different characters of this remarkable place. All three movements of the work reflect the curious juxtaposition of the hectic and the serene which is Hong Kong, the beautiful and the harsh, the breathtaking quiet and the deafening roar of a huge commercial hub. Perhaps the most striking example of this is the Temple at Wong Tai Sin, the intensely religious surrounded by the towering effigies of capitalism. Of course, this was over a decade ago and since writing the work, China has taken the colony over from the British. I doubt if the character expressed in this work has changed much, if at all – the residents of Hong Kong will always be enigmatic and beyond categorization!
- For Guy Bromley