Representative Vocal Works

The Lantern Festival Night - to the tune of

the Green Jade Desk (2013)

for Soprano and Piano

Duration: 3'20‘’

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

Xin Qi-Ji

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