Composition

For a long time, I didn’t really consider myself a composer. I think of composers as the highest in the food chain of musicians, therefore I never thought of myself as worthy of that title. Yes, I have been writing music since I was 10 (none of those pieces are presentable), but I have always thought of it as a hobby. For one, I never really received formal compositional training, though I have had many teachers over the years who guided me along the way and encouraged me to keep writing. But till this day, I still feel weird when others call me a composer.

I started to write because I sometimes get strong urges to create and sculpt something or I hear voices that I just can’t get out of my head until I write them down. My goal was never to create something new or find my own voice, because I think consciously trying to find ones voice could be a very dangerous thing. Like my Bach/Theory teacher, Edward Aldwell once told me, “Don’t be afraid of how others judge your music, just write what comes to your heart.”

Stravinsky once said, “Good composers borrow. Great composers steal.” In a way, my compositions are like a stir fry of various elements from great composers like Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Liszt, Mahler, Strauss, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Debussy, Ravel, etc. In that way, I guess that is my voice.

Lately, I have also been exploring with going back to the roots of my Chinese heritage and mixing it with what I already know and what comes naturally from my heart. The result of that is still to be determined.

Pius Cheung, Composer

 

Complete Composition List

TitleSound ClipMore InfoPublished By
Concerto
Concerto for Marimba and String OrchestraSee Video
Princess Chang Ping (marimba concerto)See Video
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Commissioned by
Ju Percussion Group,
Taiwan
Solo Marimba
Ballade for Eriko Daimo (excerpt performed by Eriko Daimo)Learn More
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Ballade No. 2, Black Poem
Classical Sonata Learn More
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Etude in C Major Learn More
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Etude in c minor Learn More
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Etude in c# minor Learn More
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Etude in Db Major Learn More
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Etude in D MajorLearn More
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Etude in d minorLearn More
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Etude in Eb MajorSee Video
Etude in Eb minor
Etude in E MajorSee Video
Etude in e minor (excerpt performed by Eriko Daimo)Learn More
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Five Pieces for solo marimba~ ThemeLearn MorePius Cheung Music
~ Dance
~ Aria
~ Interlude
~ Lament
Inspiration Astor
Musical Moment No. 1 - Lust
Musical Moment No. 2 - Storm
Musical Moment No. 3 - Solitude
Musical Moment No. 4 - Dance of the Golden Mean Learn More
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Musical Moment No. 5 - Romance Learn More
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Nocturne in F Major
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Poem of Water
Poetic FantasyLearn MoreEdition Svitzer
Sonata in c minor, "Vitanata"~ 1st mvt (i)Learn More
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~ 1st mvt (ii)
~ 2nd mvt
~ 4th mvt
Symphonic PoemLearn More

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