An Odyssey into Self is a composition for solo piano that aims to depict the journey of introspection of an individual seeking to reconcile competing cultural or philosophical identities (e.g. Asian roots in a Westernised Singapore). This duality is expressed in the two contrasting sections (bars 8 to 25 and bars 31 to 45) of this work. By juxtaposing various voices and melodies simultaneously, as well as using harmony and specific expression markings to create tension and release, I aimed to present the conflict that is intrinsic to our experiences in a changing society and world. The conclusion of the work (from bar 48 onwards) mirrors the beginning, creating a sense of balance and coherence in the ‘personality’ of the individual that is explored.
Kenneth Hoh Jia Khai (18-O5)