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Shing, Chun-hay: Xi Sang 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Xi Sang
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    5
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2018
  • First performance (venue): 
    Carmel Pak U Secondary School Alumni Choir
  • First performance (performers): 
    Bihua Elementary School Concert Hall, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Keywords: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Music by Chun-hay Shing
    Text by Ping-kwan Leung
    Sung in Mandarin

    This work is a musical setting of a poem written in the last decade by a late Hong Kong poet. The title of the poem xi sang, meaning “the mulberry tree in the marsh” (a metaphor for the narrator’s beloved), is in turn borrowed from that of another poem from the ancient Book of Songs, the earliest poem collection in China. Despite the two poems being entirely different in content, the theme is shared by both and conveys similar emotion. It is about a love that is afraid to be spoken or confessed, and hence, remains hidden and unrequited.

    The punctuations in the score have been added by the composer to facilitate musical phrasing. There are originally no punctuations in the poem.

    English translation of the poem (lyrics) by the composer:
    Amidst the red-brick houses on the street are umbrellas of so many different colours. Suddenly I come across you. So bright are the colours around me.
    In the light rain, the street reflects the wet and cold lamps and shadows. Suddenly I see you. Unclear conversations in the light and shadow.
    The street, where snow has just fallen, is mottled in black and white everywhere. Suddenly I see you. The noises of cars distance away.
    The lamplight shines blazing hot in the light rain. Why doesn’t it pour down instead? After all, better to keep it inside, warming the heart every day.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
24
Musicians
Soprano(s)
6
Alto(s)
6
Tenor(s)
6
Bass(es)
6

 

 

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