These three dances, inspired by jazz and traditional Chinese folk music, are perfect together or as standalone works. Though technically challenging, any soloist will find themselves rewarded by Wong’s idiomatic and thoughtful writing!
Each movement of this piece can be a stand-alone piece with contrast and variety when performed together. The first movement “Prelude” combines jazz harmonic language with rubato performance style, which captures the exciting drama of the piece. The second movement “Mama’s Lullaby” draws its influence from Chinese folk tunes, and it mimics the lullaby my mother sang to me when I was a baby in Macau China. After bursting into an up-tempo section painting the picture of the Chinese new year celebration, the nostalgic folk lullaby comes back to bring the piece to an end. The last movement “Funky Jazz” completely changed up the scene to a fun and energetic place. The very last Presto section is the final cadenza-like running 16th-note passage. Let this piece ends with excitement and energy!