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Perhaps - song at a burial

for vocalising pianist

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  7m 30s

Year:  2009
Duration:  7m 30s

Gao Ping

Composer:   Gao Ping

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Text from a poem by Wen Yi-duo:

Perhaps you have wept and wept, and can weep no more.
Perhaps, perhaps you ought to sleep a bit;
then don’t let the nighthawk cough, the frogs
croak, or the bats fly.
Don’t let the sunlight open the curtain onto your eyes.
Don’t let a cool breeze brush your eyebrows.
Ah, no one will be able to startle you awake:
I will open an umbrella of dark pines to shelter your sleep.
Perhaps you hear earthworms digging in the mud,
or listen to the root hairs of small grasses sucking up water.
Perhaps this music you are listening to is lovelier
than the swearing and cursing noises of men.
Then close your eyelids, and shut them tight.
I will let you sleep; I will let you sleep.
I will cover you lightly, lightly with yellow earth.
I will slowly, slowly let the ashes of paper money fly.

Trans. by: Arthur Sze,Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2001)

Performance history

23 Apr 2010: Performed by Gao Ping at his recital for the <i>Kawai Recital Series</i>, Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia.

11 Sep 2011: Performed by Gao Ping at the Ilott Concert Chamber, in Wellington.

21 Sep 2011: Performed by Gao Ping (piano, voice)

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