Kai-Young Chan: Away Alone Aloft 《月中吟》 for solo violin (2018)

(Commissioned and premiered by violinist Patrick T.S. Yim)

Performances

September 21, 2018 at the “Romanza” Concert (Presented by Kawai Chan and sponsored by Tom Lee Music), Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance)

December 1, 2018 at the “Saturday Music Platform” (Presented by Kung Music Workshop & Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Art), Tai Kwun Laundry Steps, Hong Kong.

Programme Notes

Away Alone Aloft is inspired by the well-known Chinese tale of the Moon Lady
(Chang’e), who stole the elixir of immortality, unexpectedly becoming a Goddess and
and ascending to the moon, separating herself from her beloved husband. Legend
goes that her silhouette has become the dark shades of the moon as seen from the
Earth.

The melodic materials and overall character of the piece are based on the poem
Chang’e by Tang Dynasty poet Li Shangyin, who expressed with his poem the loneliness and regrets of the Moon Lady. This piece is also written for people who are not able to re-unite with their family and loved ones during the Mid-autumn Festival.

This work is commissioned by and dedicated to violinist Patrick Yim.

Chang’e by Li Shangyin (translation by the composer)

Through the screens of Mica,
The candle lights flicker.
As the Milk Way descends,
The morning stars are drowned by the dawn.

The Moon Lady should have regretted
Stealing the elixir of life.
The dark blue sky and azure sea
Chill her heart night by night.

《嫦娥》李商隱
雲母屏風燭影深,
長河漸落曉星沉。

嫦娥應悔偷靈藥,
碧海青天夜夜心。