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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Ferry (for solo piano, 2013) is a short, programmatic piece inspired by one of Asia’s iconic attractions, the Hong Kong Star Ferry.
The introductory music evokes the rumbling sounds of a Hong Kong Star Ferry as it strains at its ropes alongside the pier at Tsim Sha Tsui.
The ferry’s departure from the pier is represented by the piano’s swirling arpeggios which ascend towards the instrument’s crystalline, twinkling upper registers.
The hazy, ethereal passage that follows (entitled “On the harbour”) makes use of the complete “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” theme, varying it by way of ornamentation (acciaccatura and tremolo).
Upon its arrival at Central Pier, the Star Ferry’s harbour crossing is now complete. In the final bars of the score, a tumbling arpeggio hints at the abrupt lowering of a gangplank, signalling the conclusion of the work. – MO.
Composer: Matthew Orlovich
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