TWO CHINESE FOLK SONGS (co-arranged with Steven Stucky)

Chen Yi

About this work:
Two Very Popular Chinese Folk Songs: The Flowing Stream (Yunnan Love Song for women singers) The Sun Is Rising With Our Joy (Sichuan Working Song for men singers) Two Chinese folk songs: THE FLOWING STREAM and THE SUN IS RISING WITH OUR JOY are co-arranged by Chen Yi and Steven Stucky for Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, conducted by Scott Tucker, premiered on 16th March, 2008 at Beida Centenary Hall, Peking University, Beijing, China. The Flowing Stream (arranged by Chen Yi) The rising moon is bright, my sweetheart is in the deep mountain, he is like the moon walking in the sky. My sweetheart! The flowing stream around the mountain is clear aside. The moon is shining over the hillside, looking at the moon and thinking of my sweetheart, the breezes are sweeping past the hillside. My sweetheart! Don’t you hear I cry? The Sun Is Rising With Our Joy (arranged by Steven Stucky) The sun is rising, up to the mountain with my shoulder pole. The hatchet is in my hand, I am not afraid of wild beast. Passing many mountains, one after another. If we work hard, we don’t have to worry about food and clothing. The whole work has three sections. The first is the folk song The Flowing Stream, arranged for women’s choir. The second is another folk song The Sun Is Rising With Our Joy, introduced by men’s voice. In the last section, women’s choir sings the melody from the first song on top, while men’s choir sings the vivid rhythmic patterns with materials taken from the second song. Two songs are combined into an organic whole.
Version: Mixed choir, sung in Chinese
Year composed: 2008
Duration: 00:04:00
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices:Chorus, Unaccompanied

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