Gordon Shi-Wen – Formosa Seasons For Violin & Strings

by Chris Devonshire-Ellis

May 13th, 2009

Gordon Chin is a Taiwanese composer, with several orchestral, choral and chamber works to his credit. Formosa Seasons is dedicated to the Taiwanese violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and is based on a set of poems the composer wrote with the same title. Depicting the “sound of wind, the smell of trees, the beauty of twilight and the laughter of children” throughout the Chinese seasons of the year. It’s a great and interesting piece encompassing both Western classical music structures with Chinese melodies.