Glorious Realm by D. F.
– the Commissioned Piece of 2016 Competition
An Interview with the Arranger of the Commissioned Piece, Ms. Susan Liu
“Recently, I arranged “Glorious Realm” (a vocal piece written by Shen Yun Artistic Director D.F.) for piano. With this melody, I deeply recognized the beauty he wrote and the different levels of meaning within the melody—of the divinity achieved. With arranging, the objective is to bring those meanings out.
I divided this into three sections. In the first, I used a pentatonic scale to bring out this gorgeous, divine melody—a Chinese melody—in its native language. Then in the second portion, I used Western harmonies to create a church chorale atmosphere—serious, solemn, humble, and reverent. In the third section, I wanted to bring out the grandiose nature of the melody and used large arpeggios, so as to let the listener hear these different levels contained within this seemingly simple melody.”