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Exile from the Native Land

for baritone and orchestra

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  12m 40s
Instrumentation:  2*222; 4231; timp., 3 perc.; hp; strings | (Perc: tam-tam, triangle, marimba, tubular bells, vibraphone, bass drum, glockenspiel, claves)

Year:  2008
Duration:  12m 40s
Instrumentation  2*222; 4231; timp., 3 perc....

Jeff Lin

Composer:   Jeff Lin

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The poem is by Li Yu (李煜) [937- 978], who is a well-known Chinese poet. He was the last emperor of the Southern Tang dynasty, deposed in 975. His works focus on the memory of lost pleasures.

I believe baritone and orchestra are the best medium to convey the emotion and color of this poem. My personal interpretation not only reflects the dark life after he was deposed, but also shows visions of the wonderful events that took place when he was in his homeland. My piece is an interweaving of these mixed emotions, and a sense of confusion of timeline as Li Yu ponders his past memories and his pitiful reality.

Jeff Lin

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Opera

Text note

text "Midnight Song" by Li Yu [937-978]

Performance history

06 Sep 2008: Performed by Michael Gray and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the 2008 Lion Foundation Composers’ Workshop

04 Apr 2009: APO Opera Half Dozen

17 Nov 2009: RNZ Concert: APO's Opera Half Dozen
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert

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