"Origin of Dream" is the chamber music instrumental duet originally created in 1993 for Chinese bamboo flute and flute, at the invitation of the French SACEM/Festival 38th Rugissants(the 38th French Rugissants Festival). It was first performed by Chinese bamboo flutist Zhang Wei and French flutist Brew (F.Bru) at this festival.
This orchestra version of "Origin of DreamⅡ" in this album was requested by the Hong Kong Small Symphony Orchestra at conductor Ye Cong’s suggestion in 1998, and was first performed at Hong Kong Art Festival the same year. This piece was selected to be performed on “the Contemporary Outstanding Music Works Show and Forum” of the “Spring in Shanghai” International Musical Festival, and won the “Record Company Recommendation Prize” chosen by experts from the Universal, EMI, the Rolling Stone, China Record and Shengxiang record companies.
The piece is composed by using the tone of French composer Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Chinese ancient melody "A Moonlit night on the Spring River" as material. The music interweaves the “duplicate style” and pastes, drawing contrast of different flavor and timbre of Chinese bamboo flute and flute, and manifests the cultural dialog between the east and the west. The entire tune has no tempo and section line. Structurally it consists of 3 paragraphs: the first part, two subjects are introduced by pp dynamics, “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”’s subject is displayed in the same pitch as the original music, and is more complete. While "A moonlit night on the Spring River”’s subject is broken into small pieces, re-produced by the composer, the tone is covered by the changes and grace tones. The first paragraph comes to a quicker and intense middle-section after a small reappearance.
The entire music is freshly elegant, like a dream, manifesting the composer’s intention to depict the meeting of eastern and western culture, also reposing the hope that people from different countries of the world get along with each other friendly and harmoniously.