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Tang Tang Tang Tang
My Farewell to Hong Kong, two days before ending my 24 years living there
27 February 2001, City Hall Recital Hall, Hong Kong
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In the Chinese title of this "Qin Recital by Tong and John Thompson", "Tang Tang Tang Tang", the Tangs stood for Tong Kin-woon (Mandarin: Tang Jianyuan), for my Chinese name (Tang Shizhang), for the Tang dynasty qin Dr. Tong played (with metal strings), and for the melodies with a Tang dynasty connection that I played (on a modern instrument but using silk strings, as would have been the custom in the Tang dynasty).

Here is an outline of my contribution to the performance:

First half, the five pieces in Shen Qi Mi Pu, Folio I, which use Yellow Bell tuning:

  1. Opening Fingering
  2. Autumn Moon Shining on a Reed Pavilion
  3. Amidst Mountains Thinking of an Old Friend
  4. Nomad Reed Pipe, Short Version
  5. Nourishing One's Natural Character
Second half: early versions of pieces still played today; most have poetic connections to Tang sources
  1. Melody of Wind and Thunder (Fengxuan Xuanpin, 1539)
  2. Autumn Thoughts at Dongting Lake (Xilutang Qintong, 1525).
  3. A Drunken Fisherman Sings in the Evening (1525)
  4. Fisherman's Song (1525)

Tong Kin-Woon played modern versions of some of these pieces and excerpts from reconstructions of other early pieces with Tang connections.

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