Music From Riverside     Tang Chinese Poets


The Tang Dynasty is said to be one of the peaks of artistic accomplishment in China.
These songs are all from Chinese poets of that period.  They include Li Po, Wang Wei,
Po Chu-I, Han Shan and Meng Hao-Jan.


The style of poetry is straight forward, simple, and short.

For example: Bamboo Grove House
   Alone among bamboo, remote,
   I sing my songs and pluck my lute.
   Deep in the woods, where none can see,
   The bright moon comes to shine on me.


These poems have been rendered into English verse by  Kenneth L. Patton.

There are 18 Songs, with the topics divided into three groups: Nature, Reflections, and Friendship

Songs from the Chinese for solo voice and guitar

Note: the Guitar part is for a Classical Guitar

Songs from the Chinese for solo voice and piano



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1.One note upon his lute

2. In spring I sleep so soundly

3. The pines

4. Joy of fields and gardens

5. The rapids by the Luans

6. Magnolia bank

7. My cottage on the harbor side

8. Bamboo grove house

9. Sages
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10. From a maid

11. Free flowing water

12. A poem on wine

13. Waiting for my friend Ting

14. My small boat

15. My Chung-nan retreat

16. Separation

17. Dogwood bank

18. A night with a friend
(Doris Oursler - alto, Leslie Armstrong - soprano, Edgel Alley and Les Kleen - baritones)