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Deform and Reform

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Chin Ting Chan

Chin Ting Chan

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chin Ting Chan
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Contact composer


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Deform and Reform is inspired by the versatility of water, which in its three forms can take on infinite shapes with varying intensity to adapt to a changing environment, and it is often persistent to reach a destination. The music symbolizes the hearts and spirits of those who fought against the terror imposed by their totalitarian government, as well as the immoral police brutality on protesters, political opposers, and civilians in the massive “anti-extradition” movement of 2019 in Hong Kong. The resistance took on many shapes, and it demonstrated perfectly a modern and transformative fight against power. Fundamentally, the movement bred on the idea of a famous quote from Bruce Lee, “Be water, my friend.”

Commissioned by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Hong Kong Band Directors Wind Orchestra (Lio Kuokman, conductor) – 20 October 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chin Ting Chan website Accessed 6 January 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 284.