Separation on the River Kiang (2016):
SATB chorus, cello, piano (2’)
Performed by The Boiler House Singers, 2017.
More from Ezra Pound’s ‘translations’ of Chinese poetry, published in his Cathay collection.
I am arranging some of my Cathay song cycle for choir, starting with Separation on the River Kiang, for SATB chorus, cello and piano.
Score on request.
Poem used with permission from New Directions Publishing Company.
Separation on the River Kiang
By Ezra Pound after Li Po
Ko-jin goes west from Ko-kaku-ro,
The smoke flowers are blurred over the river.
His lone sail blots the far sky.
And now l see only the river,
The long Kiang, reaching heaven.