3 fragmented poems

for Mezzo Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello & Piano

Program Notes:

"3 fragmented poems" is a three-movement composition for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, viola, violoncello and piano written in autumn 2020. The composition is inspired by Chinese folk music and nature. The 1st poem is from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the 2nd and the 3rd by ancient chinese poets Du Fu (712-770 AD) and Li Po (701-762 AD), respectively. Only fragments of these poems are presented in the composition. Poems are translated in english.

I: "Stray birds of summer come to my window

to sing and fly away

And yellow leaves of autumn

which have no songs


written by Tagore

II: Rain

"Roads not yet glistening, rain slight,

Broken clouds darken <....>

Where they drift, purple cliffs blacken


written by Du Fu

III: "All the birds have flown up and gone

A lonely cloud floats leisurely by


written by Li Po

Circa 6'