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Lance Mok – piano

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Lance Mok – piano

G Ligeti

Musica ricercata

F Liszt

Nuages gris

Csárdás macabre

A Scriabin

Piano Sonata no. 9

Macabre

Piano Recital by Lance Mok

macabre (adj.)
disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death.

This recital is built around Martin Heidegger's theory of Sein-zum-Tode (Being-towards-Death) in Sein und Zeit (Being and Time, 1962). It is the way of being with the perspective of death as a defining element of life. The experience of the death of others inspires Angst (dread) in the being and one eventually develops a unique anticipation of one's death, or, in other words, life. The following questions elaborate on the works presented.

LIGETI Musica ricercata

What is the value of funeral rituals if the dead cannot experience them?

Is there someone whose legacy has reshaped your life or the world you are living in, be they closely-related or distant?

LISZT Csárdás macabre

Do you believe in the afterlife?

What is the most fascinating theory of the afterlife you have heard of?

SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 9, 'Black Mass'

Is life, like everything else in the universe, prone to an inevitable decay?

What is the purpose of life if it is only a fleeting existence in the very much larger-than-life void of the universe?

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György LIGETI (1923-2006)

Musica ricercata (1951-53)

ricercar: (It.)
to search out, research;
instrumental piece in fugal
or canonic style (see 7 & 11).

'youthful work' influenced
by Bartók and Stravinsky.
each piece uses one more
tone than its previous one,
finally all 12 in an octave.

 1. 'theatre with a single tone;'
       'a thoroughly inhuman
        process.'

2. sad, rigid, ceremonial;
    declamatory

3. with spirit

4. waltz on a barrel organ

5. paid mourners' lament;
    'monumental'; 'rough';
    'towards the grotesque'.

6. very capricious

7. 'singing'; 'noble'; free canons;
     illusion of spatial contrasts.

8. dance; energetic; rough.

9. Bartok in memoriam; like
    bells; as if panicking.

10. capricious; 'as if mad'.

11. Homage to Frescobaldi,
       an important composer of
       the ricercar; 'a monotonous
       fugue' 'severe, almost noble'.

 

Franz LISZT (1811-86)

Nuages gris (1881)

'I delved deeper into the satanic than ever before.'

Exposition:
1  medieval; 'incantation.'
2  'slumbering sanctuary.'

Development:
a sweetness more and more
caressing and poisoned; infection.

Recapitulation:
1.  catastrophic.
2.  procession, sombre orgies and
    demonism

nuages gris: (Fr.)

gray clouds.

 late work marked by musical
experimentations and harmonic ambiguity.

 

Csárdás macabre (1881-82)

csárdás:
    Hungarian dance, duple metre,
    build-up in tempo.
   
   1.  bare fifths imitating Death's fiddle.
   2.  parody of Dies irae

 

Alexander SCRIABIN (1871-1915)

Piano Sonata No. 9, 'Black Mass' (1913)

Lance Mok is a pianist-composer currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Andrew Ball. He also studies Composition with Simon Holt. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM). Born and raised in Hong Kong, he obtained his first-class honours Bachelor of Arts degree as a music major from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016 and was awarded numerous scholarships and honours. His postgraduate study is fully supported by the Hong Kong Government under the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme.

Lance performs widely both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist, a career which has brought him onto concert stages in London, New York, Helsinki, Warsaw, Seoul, Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong amongst other cities. He plays a wide repertoire ranging from J S Bach to Ligeti, often juxtaposing them in surprising yet insightful programmes. He has been invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to represent his home town playing concerts in Europe in 2017. During his undergraduate years, he organised and played Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in 2016 as part of his concert programme at graduation, and was invited to perform as a concerto soloist with the Chung Chi Orchestra under the baton of Prof Carmen Koon the previous year. He has performed at the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall with harmonicist Gordon Lee in 2014. His other teachers included Dr Pang Jane Cheung at the University and Andrew Zolinsky in Accompaniment at the College. He has also received instructions from such pianists as Leon McCawley, Danny Driver, Alexander Korsantia, and Jonathan Bass. Lance also studied the voice with Mr Jimmy Chan in Hong Kong and is especially keen on collaborating with singers.

Composition has also played an important part in Lance's musical career. He was named the Firebird Young Composer of the Year 2017 by the London Firebird Orchestra for his work Two Loves, a setting of Lord Alfred Douglas's poem of the same name. His works have been performed in both cities he is based in. Inspired by Prof Daniel Law, Prof Victor Chan and Prof Wendy Lee at the University, he was awarded The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Scholarship in the year 2015/2016.

Lance Mok is pianist-composer pursuing his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Andrew Ball. Having graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a first, his study is fully supported by the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music. Lance has performed a wide repertoire both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist, a career which has brought him onto concert stages in London, New York, Helsinki, Warsaw and Hong Kong among others. He also studies Composition with Simon Holt. He was named the Firebird Composer of the Year 2017 for his work Two Loves.