Ming-Jui Liu

©2018 by Ming-Jui Liu

PUBLISHED WORKS

Ming-Jui has many published works to his credit, including original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions. 
Those in print are listed below; several of his works can be found on IMSLP

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THE MAGIC HOUR

Solo Guitar

8 p.

Published by Doberman-Yppan​
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Performance by guitarist Chia-Wei Sun

"Lovely."

- Paul Cesarczyk, Professor at Mahidol University

Program note in Traditional Chinese by the composer:
 “如果錯過了,只要等待下一次就好。”

標題啟發自日本導演三谷幸喜的同名電影。The magic hour,或是The Golden Hour,指黎明跟黃昏時,太陽照射出紫、橘等不同於炙熱強光的顏色,讓天空呈現魔幻般景象。我很喜歡三谷的電影,也愛黃昏時坐在海邊遙望絢麗畫布直到天空的劇場落幕。對我來說,這首作品既然在某些層面上是描寫顏色,那麼只用兩個低音C與B(do與si)來建構曲子,在聲響與意象上是相當契合的。結構上,《魔幻時刻》為較不嚴謹之持續低音變奏敘事曲。穿插於曲中的兩個旋律動機以及其變形,為取自於拉威爾《Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera》中的五音動機,以及一個我自己創作,屬於我的世代的台灣味歌謠片段。以音樂語法來說,《魔幻時刻》是純然調性的,除了旋律與節奏的變形,其中一些段落用上了堆疊的手法來發展。曲子沒有複雜的和聲,不過其亞洲電影風格,以及質樸動人的旋律是相當吸引人的。

不過,即使標題是《魔幻時刻》,其實也不一定要將音樂單純解成描述風景。如同三谷電影裡的台詞,我們人生中有許多獨一無二、精彩絢麗的魔幻時刻,如果錯過了,只要等待下一次就好。所以,這首曲子可以是寫景,寫顏色,寫事,也可以是寫一種感覺,當然,令人懷念的人物也可以。

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PASSACAGLIA: A SONG FOR THE ROPEWALKER

Solo Guitar

12 p.
Published by Doberman-Yppan
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"...A challenging, fluid piece for guitar."

- Theodore Front Musical Literature

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MONOLOGUE NO. 1: LEAF, ME

Solo Guitar

8 p.

Published by Doberman-Yppan

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Performance by guitarist Kuo-Chi Liao

"...The music contains a slow and deliberate introduction and coda. The main part of the piece is more fluid and arpeggiated."

- Theodore Front Musical Literature


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MIRROR OF THE SUNSHINE

Guitar and Violin
12 p. + separated parts

Published by Doberman-Yppan

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Midi

"...Excellent and well-written!"

- João Luiz Rezende Lopes, Brasil Guitar Duo

"...本曲は「前奏曲‐幻想曲」というバロック.スタイルの二楽章形式を採っています。第1楽章は2017年3月に観測された巨大なイエロームーンに霊感を得ており、第2楽章は台湾の歌謡曲〈黄色月亮The Yellow Moon〉の歌詞からインスピレーションを得ているそうです。実際に筆者が弾いてみたところ、第1楽章は短長2度を中心とし、(結果的に7や9の和音が多くなるため)環境音楽的な雰囲気を持った作品となっています。第2楽章は、無調や複調などの前衛的な技法も見られ、抽象的で複雑な作品であり、この分野での新しい曲を探している方におススメです。"
- 坂場圭介, editor of Gendai Guitar Magazine

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A. VIVALDI/J.S. BACH: CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, RV 230/BWV 972

arranged for two guitars and string quartet/guitar duo
Published by Monologue Publications/ Amazon
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A set of two transcriptions based on Vivaldi’s Concerto No.9 in D major for solo violin and strings, RV 230, and Bach’s harpsichord transcription of it, BWV 972: 1) two guitars and a string quartet, 2) guitar duo. RV 230/BWV 972 has been transcribed to many instrumental settings; however, a version for two guitars and a string quartet is rare, and it adds a new dimension to guitar transcriptions of this work. With the use of this instrumentation, we are able to keep Bach’s ideas within the concerto grosso format. That is to say, Bach’s additions in his transcription can be realized in a concerto setting with guitar soloists and a string quartet, such that there is an exchange of instrumentation between the tutti and solo passages.

Although many guitarists have played lute concertos, such as Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93, a performance of a concerto grosso piece is not common. The present transcriptions further expand the guitar repertoire of the Baroque concerto grosso form, and they make an important contribution to showing the breadth of the guitar repertoire.

"Congratulations to Ming-Jui Liu with this important contribution to the duo guitar concerto repertoire. This little known transcription by Bach of a concerto by Vivaldi fits the duo guitar ensemble perfectly. Ming-Jui Liu’s transcription sounds natural and is a good fit with a Baroque orchestra."

- Jerry Willard, Guitar Professor at Stony Brook University

"This transcription of the Concerto in D for 2 guitars and string quartet by Vivaldi/Bach is a welcome addition to the guitar duet repertoire. Rarely do we guitarists get to perform a masterwork such as this in an ensemble
setting. The transcription is a fine balance of careful scholarship and artistic imagination. Bravo, Ming-Jui Liu!
"

- Kevin Gallagher, World Renown Guitarist

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MANUEL MARIA PONCE: PRELUDE AND FUGUE

arranged for solo guitar
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2014 March issue

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ENRIQUE GRANADOS: DANZA ESPAÑOLAS NO. 2 "ORIENTAL"

transcribed for guitar duo
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2015 February issue

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ANTONIO SOLER: SONATA IN E MINOR, R. 106

transcribed for guitar duo
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2016 March issue

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GIOVANNI ZAMBONI: LUTE SONATA NO. 8, OP. 1

transcribed for solo guitar
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2017 January issue

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FRANZ SCHUBERT: IMPROMPTU NO. 1, D. 899

arranged for guitar duo
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2017 December issue

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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: PRAELUDIUM, BWV 539

transcribed for solo guitar
Published by Gendai Guitar Magazine 2018 December issue

For other arrangements and transcriptions by Ming-Jui, please see here

Unpublished works include transcriptions and arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Ryden, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Pärt.