The Voice of Children

The Voice of Children (2007)
for Solo Baritone Saxophone

I. Chasing in the Wind
II.  Solitude
III. Lullaby
IV. Making a Dream

Commissioned by Chih-Huan Wu

World Premiere:
July 10, 2009
World Saxophone Congress XV
Room A301, College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Chih-Huan Wu, baritone saxophone

Duration: 17 minutes

Program Note

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.

《孩童的聲音》是我在2003年為獨奏低音豎笛所譜,應薩克斯風家吳志桓的委託,在2007年改寫成為獨奏低音薩克斯風的作品。此曲的靈感來自我自己所寫的同名詩作,《孩童的聲音》是一首有附有標題的四樂章作品,名稱分別是〈逐風〉、〈孤寂〉、〈搖籃〉,和〈築夢〉。

《孩童的聲音》(2003)
李豐旭

童顏的笑靨
率直地鋪陳在燦爛的豔陽下

轟隆的雷電鎮攝住不經意的天真
驚恐而膽怯的呼聲
像似追逐風而揚起的微塵
飄搖而寡斷

鑰串的包袱
在一成不變的氛圍中從不變遷
形單影隻的模樣貼著寂寞的標籤

偶爾在睡夢中驚醒
耳邊似乎傳來記憶中媽媽哼唱的搖籃歌
泛著笑容在懷中安然躺臥

鼓躁的羽翼
拍打著起飛的動力機
憶起安慰的歌聲
勇敢地邁入風中編織著一片金黃而爛漫的夢想

豔陽下的笑靨是一種孩童的聲音

– Feng-Hsu Lee (March 11, 2009 Rochester, NY)

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