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HK International Music Festival---After Winning a Gold Award
2017-09-01

[SCIE web news, Sept 1st. 2017] Music always brings us moods and feelings. A music festival impressed me more by its every unforgettable moment. 

I joined the 4th Hong Kong International Music Festival, which contained of master classes, instrumental competitions and concerts. These events enkindled the Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, where the Music Festival was held.

 

That day was a sunny day, I set out my “music field trip” with my parents in a light mood. I signed up for group E4, which was Youth Woodwinds, and I played the flute. In my point of view, this competition was a fantastic chance to broaden my knowledge and test my skills. 

Flute is a member of Woodwinds instruments with an elegant and beautiful tone. It is famous for its flexible playing techniques and the lyric melody it performs.  Flute is not as popular as piano and violin in China, so there are only limited sources for us flute players, that’s why I am so eager to attend this Music Festival. 

I walked along the streets in Hong Kong with my flute laying quietly in my bags. Because of the typhoon yesterday, there was no crowds on streets which was really rare in normal. However, it was different inside the music halls. I saw contestants in fancy clothes walking hurriedly in the corridors with their instruments and music could be heard anytime anywhere.

 

My competition was in the afternoon, but I had arrived early in the morning. I spent my time listening to other group’s performances. Though the contestants were all teenagers, they had all achieved really high-level performing leveland all of them could be called professional without exaggeration. I could not wait to perform after hearing their music! 

Finally, my competition began. My group was Youth Woodwinds, which meant I would compete with not only other flute players, but also oboe, clarinet, bassoon…… 

My pieces were Carnival of Venice Theme and Variation and Flute and Drum at Sunset, one was a piece from Romantic period and the other one is an adapted version of a Chinese traditional music for Pipa (a Chinese sting instrument). I thought these two pieces could best represent the soul of “international music festival”.  What’s more, this was my first time to play Chinese traditional music using my flute, that really made me excited. 

A Korean oboe player really made a great impression on me.

 

In my opinion, the most important thing for performance is the mood. Performance is the expression of the musicians. The same score can be played differently according to different performances, that’s the most attracting part of music. Especially in competition and concert, the expressiveness of music is vital. However, that girl chose a technical but not moving piece, which was contrary to my understanding. 

She was in a simple dress with her glasses and pony tail playing her pieces without accompaniment. I was shocked by her playing skills and her control in her performance. Suddenly, I word flew into my mind, “master”. She did not need any “accessory” or “decoration”, her skill was eligible to deserve a prize. 

I always focused on tone and melody, maybe I should also pay more attention to playing techniques. A professional performer should not own preference, because none of the notes could be ignored or mistreated. 

I am satisfied with the result of winning a gold award!  But the most valuable gift of this experience is that it makes me rethink my playing style and further inspires my enthusiasm for music.

 

 (Report and photos/Alice)

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