The Peacock Flies Southeast ─ for orchestra
1977：The Peacock Flies Southeast, for orchestra
Overture: Adagio. At the beginning, cello and double bass play the hero Chung-ching Theme, followed by the timpani playing softly and becoming loud in a repeating antiphonal style. Then the heroine Lan-Zu theme appears via the French horn, and this is developed by the oboe and clarinet.
Part one: describes the couple Chung-ching and Lan-zu were deeply in love, causing the mother-in-law to be so jealous that he asks for a divorce and sends Lan-zu back to her family.
Part two: After Lan-zu returned home, her brother forces her to get married again. Eventually, the couple committed suicide, one after another, however, gongs and drums play to indicate Lan-zu's wedding day is coming. The two themes that represent Chung-ching and Lan-zu are written in an antiphonal style, interwoven with the different instrumental parts and leads to a different mood later on.
Finale: Chung-ching and Lan-zu commit suicide due to their frustrated love. The female chorus leads to a musical climax, and brings it to an end. The song here is sorrowful, full of meaning of praying, cherishing and sadness.
※ This work was commissioned by the dancer Ms. Li-syun Huang and was premiered in the same year by the Provincially Published Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chu-Sheng Chen at the Chung-xing Hall, Taichung city, and the Taiwan National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.buy