Taiwan lost a national treasure yesterday when composer Tyzen Hsiao was overtaken by cancer.
The video below documents the first time I had the honour of performing a piece by Hsiao; the players belong to a community orchestra in Hsinchu. Entitled An Angel from Formosa, the work expresses the composer’s gratitude to a friend. Today, it may serve to express the gratitude all of Taiwan’s musicians feel for the experience of a distinct native voice.
蕭泰然 Tyzen Hsiao (1938-2015)