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Reincarnation-Art Song by Li Tai-Hsiang (輪迴-李泰祥)

I.    Lyrics (translated from Chinese)

This is an old story already. It can only be composed to be an old song.
With cold melody. Slow tempo.
In the story, some people love and some people are loved.
This is not really a fresh topic. People sing and then will forget again.
Shallow lyrics. Light Melody.
In the music, some people come and some people leave.
For worldly wisdom, it is only a light reincarnation.
As if in each dark night, tiredly goes into sleep.
Have a dream in a trance. And turn the body over unconsciously.
In the dream, some people die and some people are born.

Lyrics written by Chung Li-Chih (鐘籬之)

這是一個陳舊的故事了 只能譜成一首老老的歌
冷冷的曲調 慢的節拍
故事中有人愛 有人被愛
這真的不是一個新鮮的主題 人們唱過以後又將忘記
淺的歌詞 淡的弦律
歌曲中有人來 有人離去
彷彿每個黑夜 疲倦入睡
恍乎的夢 無意的翻身
夢境中有人逝去 有人出生


II.    About this Song
Exposition of the music:
The music was composed from Chung Li-Chih’s poet; it deplores the regrets for the past of time.
The music presents various moods with different texture and speed of accompaniment. The female students of Li Tai-Hsiang all tried this song successively. Hsu Ching Chun (Christine Hsu) was chosen at last to perform this song because her tone quality matched the music style most closely.

III.    Manuscript

Handwritten manuscript of “Reincarnation in D minor” for violin I(1986) Handwritten manuscript of “Reincarnation in D minor” for violin II (1986)


IV.    Music Score

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