Poems of a bright moon : for flute/alto flute, clarinet, piano
by Maria Grenfell (2000)
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Poems of a Bright Moon was inspired by the Hsiang-Yang
Songs of Li Po, an 8th-century Chinese poet of the T'ang Dynasty
(ca.618-906 A.D.). On a visit to New Mexico in the United States,
the discovery of the poet William Carlos Williams and the art
work of Georgia O'Keeffe led to the poetry of Li Po, which
conjures up visions of mountains and rivers, also very much part
of the New Mexico landscape. Li Po was something of a
mischievous travelling minstrel and liked to indulge in the drink. A legend says that "while out drunk in a boat, he fell into a river and drowned trying to embrace the moon." The moon appears in over a third of his poems, and the opportunity to combine Li Po's images of moonlight with the rich dark tones of the alto flute was irresistible. The individual titles of the movements of this piece come directly from the poems, and the music attempts to evoke the spirit of the titles: "Hsien mountain rises above emerald Han river," "On a moonlit night, a recluse plays his pale white ch'in" and "A pure tenthousand-mile wind arrives."
Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet in B flat, piano.
Duration: 11 min.
Contents note: I. Hsien mountain rises above emerald Han river -- II. On a moonlit night, a recluse plays his pale white ch'in -- III. A pure ten-thousand-mile wind arrives.
First performance: by Ethos trio — 13 Aug 00. Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington, N.Z.
Performances of this work
13 Aug 00: Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington, N.Z.. Featuring Ethos trio.
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