Chen Yi

About this work:

A poem by Meng Hao-ran (689-740, Tang Dynasty), Composed by Chen Yi for SATB mixed choir, duration: ca. 4 minutes. Commissioned by the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music for the Elmer Iseler Singers, the composition “Know You How Many Petals Falling?” is written for mixed choir, premiered by the Elmer Iseler Singers on August 11, 2002 directed by Lydia Adams at the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music in MN. The music is a setting of the poem “Know You How Many Petals Falling?” by Meng Hao-ran (689-740, Tang Dynasty), translated into English by the composer from the original Chinese poem. The piece is dedicated to the memory of New York firefighters who sacrificed themselves for protecting thousands of fellow citizens at the 9.11 tragedy, to express the composer’s compassion for the victims and their families, to denounce terrorist acts, and to call for the peace of the future. "Spring dreams unconscious of dawning, Not woke up till I hear birds singing; O night long wind and showers -- Know you how many petals falling?" (Poem by Meng Hao-ran, 690-740, Tang Dynasty; English translation by Chen Yi.) For further information, please contact: Theodore Presser Company <>. To order the score, please write the Sales Department: [312-41814], $1.60

Version: Mixed choir, sung in English
Year composed: 2001
Duration: 00:04:00
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices:Chorus, Unaccompanied
Instrumentation: 1 S, 1 A, 1 T, 1 B
Instrumentation notes: Mixed Chorus. Presser Publication [312-41814], $1.60

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