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The Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower-Symphony by Li Tai-Hsiang (大神祭:花之歌-李泰祥)

The Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower

I.    About this Song

Summary / Story:
Song of Flower
At the border between the two nations, in each May, the season of flower’s blossom,
The blooming flowers embellish the mountains and valleys, and construct a colorful painting between the sky and the earth.
At dusk, girls slowly walk downhill in all directions.
They greet and joyfully walk to the valley floor.
Gathering around the Taohua Creek, girls cluster around princess of Wama, Yama Amanda.
They expose the most beautiful gift that the god has given them, i.e. their bodies.
Amanda, especially, is the most natural statue.
There is a peach blossom forest near the creek. They play, splash water, and bath in the creek.
It is truly an innocent, ingenuous, and happy scene.
However, they do not know that behind big stones and groves, a group of Wagan warriors are passing by.
When the warriors see the most beautiful scene on earth, they gape, blush up to the ears, and do not know what to do.
But the girls are poised and not bashful at all.
Just like the coming of March, lovely buds can’t help but sprouting out of earth to hug the spring.
Love brings strength; warriors dash to girls.
After temporary shocks and shyness,
Wagan’s prince, Kada Jiufu, praises Amanda and says she is as beautiful as the moon.
Amanda replys to Kada Jiufu, saying that he is as strong as high mountains.
So, warriors and girls pair up and have romantic dances with young spirits.
At the beginning, the dance is pure and shy, then gradually becomes more vivid, intensifier, and untrammeled.
The free and wild dance is filled with nobleness, beauty, unlimited reverie, and delight.
The momentum is unfolding on a magnificent scale.
Time flies, but also seems like stop.  This tableau is so true that it feels like a dream or poetry.
Here is really a joyous place that is good for immortality and celestial beings to reside.
However, the tableau is still destroyed at last.
Eugene, who secretly loves the princess, sees the love between the princess and the prince, he is jealous.
And he has some evil ideas in his mind. Thus, he seeds the evil cause and ill effects.
Leading the original beautiful things into a tragedy.

II.    Manuscript 

Handwritten manuscript (page 1) of “The
Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower” (1986) 


Handwritten manuscript (page 2) of “The
Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower” (1986)  
Handwritten manuscript (page 3) of “The
Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower” (1986)  
Handwritten manuscript (page 4) of “The
Sacrifice to God: Song of Flower” (1986)


To view the story of Li Tai-Hsiang, please go to Li Tai-Hsiang, the Native Musician of Taiwan.
Text and images are provided by The Native Musician of Taiwan-Tai-Hsiang Li Digital Archive, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan