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Representative Vocal Works
The Lantern Festival Night - to the tune of
the Green Jade Desk (2013)
for Soprano and Piano
Premiered by Zhang Qian, Feb. 2014, Xinxiang City, China
The title and lyric come from the poem written by Xin Qi-Ji
English translation of the poem:
The Lantern Festival Night - to the tune of the Green Jade Desk
One night's east wind adorns a thousand trees with flowers
And blows down stars in showers.
Fine steeds and carved cabs spread fragrance en route;
Music vibrates from the flute;
The moon sheds its full light
While fish and dragon lanterns dance all night.
In gold-thread dress, with moth or willow ornaments,
Giggling, she melts into the throng with trails of scents
But in the crowd once and again
I look for her in vain.
When all at once I turn my head,
I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed.
*translated by Xu Yuan-Chong and Xu Ming-Yi
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