Huatzu Hill

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

1979

Instrumentation : 

Soprano, Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Eb Clarinet, Horn, Strings

Duration (min): 

12:

Movements-Titles: 

4

Text Source/Author: 

Poems by Wang Wei (8th-century Chinese, in English translation)

Huatzu Hill for soprano and chamber orchestra is a setting of four poems by Wang Wei, an 8th-century Chinese poet, as translated into English by G.W. Robinson. Three of the four songs depict landscapes near Wang's country retreat in the Wang River valley. The second song is a bittersweet farewell to a beloved friend. Huatzu Hill is scored for chamber orchestra and soprano soloist. It was premiered at the Composers Conference in Vermont and has been performed by the New England Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony. "A series of rich landscapes - the colors sharp, the feeling powerfully concentrated, the expression concise..." Boston Globe.

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