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The Central Philharmonic Orchestra plays Popular Chinese Melodies


Rise of the Crescent Moon

The arranger of Rise of the Crescent Moon uses a small orchestra to create the atmosphere of evening, as the moon rises, seen though the clouds. The melody is a well-known folksong, here treated in a style of popular impressionism.

Pastoral Song

Pastoral Song is arranged from a folksong of the same title. Wind instruments are used in imitation of the shepherd’s pipe, while the strings are given the broad melody of this slow dance.

Song of the Shepherd

Song of the Shepherd is a well-known Mongolian folksong, known also in an arrangement by Qu Xixian for unaccompanied choir. The present arrangement is in popular style, the first half describing the peaceful mood of the grassland and the second the happy life of the people.

The Ocean, My Home!

The Ocean, My Home is a piece of musical nostalgia, bringing thoughts of home, remembered through the sea. There is an atmosphere of serenity, as the wind plays the tranquil theme against a peaceful background.

I Love Taiwan

I Love Taiwan expresses the feelings of the Taiwanese for their country. Arpeggio figurations for the harp lead to an expressive oboe melody, followed by a section in which clarinet and violin assume prominence.

Sparkling Raindrops

The arranger has used the piano to start an adaptation of Sparkling Raindrops, a characteristic folk-type piece.

Fair Mountain

Fair Mountain describes the mist-clad mountains in the distance, its instrumentation designed for this evocative purpose.

The Butterfly Lovers

The Butterfly Lovers arranges some of the melodies used in the popular violin concerto and opera of the same name. Voices are added, while the structure of the original orchestral work is replaced by something much simpler.

The Navy in Port

The Navy in Port is a romantic piece, opening with a quiet passage imitating the noise of the waves, above which a lyrical melody is whistled.

I Love Gu-Lang Island

I Love Gu-Lang Island is an evocative piece, rich in instrumental colour. It is introduced by the lower strings, leading to a section for flute, glockenspiel and horn, before the lower strings return once more to bring the arrangement to a close.

Red Flowers

Red Flowers is the title of a well-known song taken from a film of the 1960s, its musical origin Central Asian, from Xinjiang. The piece rises to a climax before a relatively quiet ending.

Autumn Moon Reflected in the Water

Autumn Moon Reflected in the Water is an adaptation from a famous Cantonese folksong about Xi Hu (West Lake). A quiet evening scene is described with the reflection of the moon on the surface of the water.

A Distant Land

The Chinese folksong A Distant Land became widely known in the 1950s. Some of the words convey the substance of the piece:

In the distant land
There is a good girl
Her pink-red smiling face
Is like the red sun
I wish she would take a small whip
And hit me gently


A cor anglais melody opens Lullaby, derived from a folksong of North-Eastern China, but here similar in mood to cradle-songs throughout the world.

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