©2019 by Gu Wei. All Rights Reserved.

Transience

for Orchestra

Our cells die every moment, but are constantly being replaced by new cells. Since our body is entirely made up of cells, the group of cells that make up our body in a year’s time would be almost completely different from the group of cells now. Are you still ‘you’ in a year’s time?


Everything is transient – longevity is merely an illusion created by a continuous stream of transience. The motifs in this piece represent this idea directly – they are short but repetitive, and when they are juxtaposed and superimposed upon each other, they form a stream of continuous motion which never seems to cease.

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Premiered by Peabody Symphony Orchestra