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Chin Ting Chan

Chin Ting Chan

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chin Ting Chan
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Contact composer


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A falling star has nothing to do with stars. It is caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids that swipe across Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. The trail of light thus created is a meteor. Since the ancient times, humans have been fascinated by changes in the unreachable sky. Falling stars, especially, have motivated countless myths, the most common being that one’s wishes can be granted.

On the contrary, the “falling” of a star depicts the death of an important person in Chinese mythology. In ancient China, each emperor was accompanied with a professional “star interpreter” who served to predict the kingdom’s future by studying the messages from God. It all seems mythical today, where myths and legends are largely despised by modern science. But if the moon can exert tidal force on the oceans, whereas man is composed mostly of water, a meteoroid approaching close to Earth’s surface must affect the living beings in ways we are yet to understand. Perhaps the creation of this composition is infused with hidden meanings from such phenomena.

Falling Stars was commissioned by conductor Caroline Hand and the Ball State University Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chin Ting Chan, personal correspondence, 20 February 2017
  • Chin Ting Chan website Accessed 20 February 2017
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 284.