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Wind Ripples

for Flute, Oboe, Piano

Wind ripples are naturally-occurring sedimentary structures created by wind, most notably in the sand dunes of our deserts. The piece seeks to represent the ripples through musical gestures, and some of my personal emotions associated with these images, especially the relationship between man and nature.


The arpeggios in the beginning reflect the ripple-like structures, which are further represented by the dynamic interchange between the two wind instruments. The middle section, being more mechanical and rhythmic, represents humanity's influence on nature through machinery and automation. However, as the rhythmic section goes on, it eventually returns to the opening arpeggios, demonstrating the inevitability and pervasiveness of nature and its ultimate dominance over us.

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Premiered by é3rio in Esplanade Recital Studio