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Water Net was composed in 1984, based on a very attractive text by the famous lyricist Chen Feng. It describes in beautiful terms the scenery of the Sichuan countryside. At that time, I was with a TV crew working in Sichuan. I felt very pleased to find myself in the environment described in the poem and was thus motivated to compose this music.
On 12th May 2008 at 14:28pm a tragedy shocked China and the world. The massive earthquake wiped out tens of thousands of lives and destroyed millions of homes. The Sichuan Conservatory of Music Mianyang Arts College in Mianyang City suffered badly with serious damage to lecture rooms, theatres, music studios and office buildings. “Bring back the music!” was the rallying cry of every musician who has ever been with associated with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In New Zealand, its former students Qu Yong, Gao Ping and I came up with idea of a “music to the rescue” concert to show our support. On 14th August 2008 6:10pm, this concert was hold at the Soundings Theatre, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. I revised this bountiful piece particularly for “music to the rescue” - a fundraising concert - in 2008.
Text by Chen Feng
14 Aug 2008: Music to the Rescue