for Mezzo Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Lyrics by Esther Fan
Lyrics (sung in Chinese)
不再單調 灰暗 了無希望
Lyrics Translation in English
I seal longing in dark nights
Each twilight, secretly unseal it
Let longing be a companion to my sleep
I store longing in dreams
Every bit of it
So I could long endlessly in each dream
Even in my sleepless nights
Longing has the sky as the playground
Though longing is lamentable but brings color to life
It dispels loneliness, darkness, and hopelessness
This piece was written for Ms. Esther Fan, a wonderful Mezzo Soprano and the lyricist of this song.
While writing the piece, I tried to involve myself in the state of the text, instead of paying too much attention to the compositional technique. I created the “longing” atmosphere in the very beginning by combining the sounds of bass clarinet and tang drum (a traditional Chinese instrument producing mysterious sounds of ancient China.) There is a big change in the end of the piece, which brings in color and hope of life.
November 15th, 1999 Juilliard Composers’ Concert, Paul Recital Hall.
Guang Yang, soloist; Sarah Ioannides, conductor
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