November 16 2012
Yale Glee Club
Jeffrey Douma, conductor
New Haven, CT
A Porter’s Song was commissioned by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club. The work was premiered on November 16th, 2012, at Yale University, by the Yale Glee Club, conducted by Jeffrey Douma.
A Porter’s Song is based on two Chinese folk songs from northern Shaanxi Province, both sharing the sadness of being separated from the loved one. The text is in Chinese, notated in a transliteration of a northern Shaanxi dialect.
A Porter’s Song
The March sun is red and hot,
But why is a porter’s life so bitter and sad?
Oh, my love, you are disappearing under my gaze,
My tears trickle down at the village gate.
(Translation by Bright Sheng)