The Voice of Children (2007)
for Solo Baritone Saxophone
I. Chasing in the Wind
IV. Making a Dream
Commissioned by Chih-Huan Wu
July 10, 2009
World Saxophone Congress XV
Room A301, College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Chih-Huan Wu, baritone saxophone
Duration: 17 minutes
The Voice of Children is a piece, which I have originally written for solo bass clarinet in 2003. The version for solo baritone saxophone is commissioned by saxophonist Chih-Huan Wu, in 2007. Inspired by the poem I wrote in the same title, The Voice of Children includes four different movements titled as “Chasing in the Wind”, “Solitude”, “Lullaby”, and “Making a Dream”.
The Voice of Children (2003)
by Feng-Hsu Lee
The smiles on children’s facereflect the bright sunshine.
Sudden thunder and lightning shock their naïve mind.
Frightened and intimidated,
they weep irresolutely and pusillanimously,
like dust in the wind.
The burden of hitching keys is
everlasting in the unchanged milieu
as if it were the shadow of solitude.
Sometimes waking up in the midst of dream,
they seemingly hear the lullaby Mother once sang
and smilingly recall the memory
of lying down peacefully in her arms.
Flapping wings, propelled by the flying machine,
are ready to take off.
With the memory of the comforting song,
they courageously fly with the wind and
make a splendid and glorious dream.
The voice of children is the joyful smile of the sunshine.
(English Translated by Feng-Hsu Lee and Yi-Yin Lee)
This is the world premiere recording.
– Feng-Hsu Lee (March 11, 2009 Rochester, NY)