Hidden face of the Moon

for Male Choir and Pipa in 5 movements

 

Music:     Jing YANG
Text:

    Jean-Pierre Voiret

      Li Bai (Tang Dynasty)

1. Oriens Extremus

 

Shiny scales of silvery water

Catch up with swift diamonds

 

Balance of Times

Peaceful Heavens

 

2. Middle Kingdom

 

Heaven and Earth rejoin

Splashing meridian treasures

On smouldering gold

 

A monk pours beauty

In the vase of night

 

3. Shanshui

 

Naked pagodas

Emerging so pure

from dark fumaroles

 

Open lips of flowers

Sipping the rain,

Shadows...

 

4. Exotics

 

Lacework of drops

Leaves caressing their branch

Long kisses of transparent spirits

 

Earth keeps vigil

Of her fecund Dead

 

5. Li Bai 望庐山瀑布

(poem from Li Bei, recited in Chinese original language)

 

 

日照香炉生紫烟,

Ri Zhao Xiang Lu Sheng Zi Yan

遥看瀑布挂前川。

Yao Kan Pu Bu Gua Qian Chuan 

飞流直下三千尺,

Fei Liu Zhi Xia San Qian Chi

疑是银河落九天。

Yi Shi Yin He Luo Jiu Tian

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