在那遥远的地方 In A Faraway Land

2015

Arranged by Sophia Shen (Ensemble), Lemon Guo (Chorus)
Performed by Chinese Music Ensemble & Friends
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia
Joint Distinguished Major Composition Recital with Siyang (Sophia) Shen

Wang Luobin, one of the most renowned Chinese songwriters and earliest ethnic music researchers wrote the song in 1939 in Qinghai Province while shooting a film near Qinghai Lake. He met a young Tibetan girl and wrote a song about the beautiful impression that she left upon him and all those around her. The song is set to the tune of a Kazakh folk song that Wang had collected in the area, and it’s famous for its ethnic complexity. This traditional Chinese tune is rearranged to a SATB chorus by Lemon Guo and a Chinese chamber ensemble including guzheng, pipa, erhu, dizi and Chinese drum by Sophia Shen.