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Riding on the Wind is a symphonic overture written by the world renowned Chinese composer Guo Wenjing to celebrate Hong Kong’s return to China.
On 1 July 1997 the administration of Hong Kong was returned to China, and this was marked by a three-day holiday in which music played a very prominent part. Several new works were commissioned from Chinese composers to mark the occasion, and several concerts and musical events took place over the three days. Among those composers commissioned to write for the occasion was Guo Wenjing who responded with his "Overture in Celebration of the Reunification of Hong Kong with China" which he entitled Riding on the Wind.
The work was first performed on 1 July 1997 – the actual day of reunification – at a concert given in the Hong Kong Coliseum conducted by Yu Long. On that occasion, the orchestra was augmented by a large military band.
The pounding of traditional Chinese drums provides an auspicious start to the work, which passes through a variety of scenes, both celebratory and reflective, which in various ways depict Hong Kong’s journey up to the reunification. Much of the music reflects Guo's experience in writing film scores and incorporates many elements drawn from traditional Chinese music.
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