MOONLIGHT

YEAR

2013

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Solo Violin & Strings

 

DURATION

10 minutes

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

March 25, 2013

Laura Keller (Violin)

Punahou Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Craig Young

Beijing, PRC

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

Composed for violinist Laura-Jean Keller and the Punahou String Orchestra, this work is a fantasy based on a Guangdong Folk Song entitled Moonlight. The lyrics are printed below.

 

The moon shines clearly on the earth.

My dear son, be good and go to bed.

Your mother has to sow in the rice-paddies tomorrow while your grandfather watches over the heard.

When you grow older, my son, you will also help your grandfather.

 

The moon shines clearly on the earth.

My dear son, be good and go to bed.

Your father has to catch fishes and prawns tomorrow while your grandmother knits the fishing-net.

When you grow older, my son, you will also be an excellent fisherman.

 

The moon shines clearly on the earth.

On New Year’s Eve, we shall have a house full of crops.

Everybody, old and young, will be joyous.

My dear, close your eyes and sleep until the next bright moon. 

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

May 2, 2013: Laura Keller, Punahou Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu, HI, USA

March 30, 2013: Laura Keller, Punahou Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai, PRC

March 29, 2013: Laura Keller, Punahou Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai, PRC

March 26, 2013: Laura Keller, Punahou Symphony Orchestra, Beijing, PRC

 

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