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A LONGING FOR SPRING A Multi-language Song Cycle for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet and Piano Text by Tu Fu (712-770) English Translation by Wang Jie Edited by Alen Pol Kobryn

2011 First Publication: Feb. 2011

! Miniature Edition !

Wang Jie Music, ASCAP PO Box 299 New York, NY 10025 Date of printing: Feb. 25th 2011 Contact Wang Jie: 212.380.1483 www.wangjiemusic.com


About the Text

Program Note

One Poem, Two Translations

Following a hard Winter in NY, I couldn't have found a better time to premiere "A Longing for Spring". The poem is set in Spring time but, just as in the poem, Spring hasn't arrived in my heart.

I, Chinese Original

春望

A well-remembered Tang Dynasty poems on the personal impact of war, "A Longing for Spring" (Tu Fu 712-770 A.D.) ironically depicts a Spring time setting in which a once-powerful empire is broken and tormented by warfare.

国破山河在, 城春草木深。 感时花溅泪, 恨别鸟惊心。 烽火连三月, 家书抵万金。 白头搔更短, 浑欲不胜簪。

The long tradition of Chinese scholarship demands mastery of music, painting and calligraphy. So it is no surprise that a Tang poem "sounds" as good as it looks and looks as good as it reads. Aware of that tradition, I've taken on the challenge to present the poem in three forms: first, the phonetic sounds of the original poem in Mandarin Chinese highlights the music aspect. Then, the literal translation of each word into English presents how the meaning of the poem is "painted" together. Lastly, the English poetic translation delivers a contemporary interpretation. What you see on the screen is the supertitle displaying the beautiful calligraphy of each word*.

II, Word for Word Translation SPRING ANTICIPATION Empire City Lament Distress Beacon Home White Chaos

Broken Spring Times Separation Fires Letter Hair Desire

Mountains Grass Flowers Birds Sustain Equals Touch Unable

Rivers Trees Splash Startle Three Thousands Even Hold

Remian, Deep. Tears, Heart. Month, Gold. Short, A Pin.

-Wang Jie

Duration: ca. 17 min

III, Poetic Translation

Premiere*

A LONGING FOR SPRING

May 1st 2011 | Merkin Concert Hall | Continuum

In ruins the empire, mountains and rivers remain. The city in Spring, grass and trees blossom. In silent lament, flowers shed tears. In aching separation, a fluttering bird startles my heart. The beacon fires burn, month after month. A letter from home, worth thousands in gold. White hair, parted, thinner and thinner. So thin it can hardly hold a pin.

Mary MacKenzie, soprano Moran Katz, clarinet Renée Jolles, violin Cheryl Seltzer, piano

*The Composer has created a slide show which was projected during the premiere. It behaves like a supertitle with eye-engaging graphic display.

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Commissioned for Continuum with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency

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15’ 17’ 7’ 7’ 8’

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