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Five Selections from Shijing

[2013/2021] for mixed choir a cappella (SATB)

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Estimated Duration
20 - 25min

ISMN : 979-0-2325-5733-5

Notes on this piece
The Classic of Poetry, also Shijing or Shih-ching (Chinese: 詩經) is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the "Five Classics" traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius, and has been studied and memorized by scholars in China and neighboring countries over two millennia. 

The content of Shijing can be divided into two main sections: the "Airs of the States", and the eulogies and hymns. The "Airs of the States" are shorter lyrics in simple language that are generally ancient folk songs which record the voice of the common people. They often speak of love and courtship, longing for an absent lover, soldiers on campaign, farming and housework, and political satire and protest.

Lyrics set in the five pieces are all selected from "Airs of the States", respectively the states of Qi, Qin, Wang, Wei and Cao.

1. 齊風·東方未明
Odes Of Qi: Before the east was bright  (ca. 5')
2. 秦風·蒹葭
Odes Of Qin: The reeds and rushes  (ca. 4'30")
3. 王風·揚之水
Odes Of Wang: The fretted waters  (ca. 3'30")
4. 魏風·伐檀
Odes Of Wei: Blows on the sandal trees  (ca. 4')
5. 曹風·蜉蝣
Odes Of Cao: The ephemera  (ca. 6'30")
No.2 Odes Of Qin- The reeds and rushes
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 36

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