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Chinese Classical Poem 0125 & Shirley Created Music-125: Ting Lin Jian Chuisheng-- Listen to a Neighbor Playing Sheng( by Lang Shiyuan) September 12, 2010

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Hi, friends, have you seen any Chinese music instrument? Do you enjoy any Chinese instrumental music?

Today, I would like to introduce a new Chinese classical poem that describes the music by a Chinese instrument   --Sheng Ting Lin Jia Chui Sheng -- Listen to a Neighbour Playing Reed Pipe Wind Instrument by Tang Dynasty(618-907)poet Lang Shiyuan.

With just 28 Chinese characters and 4 lines, it has written out of a very vivid life scene with sounds, pictures and imaginations:

A piece of lovely reed pipe-wind music was coming from the other side of colored clouds, just like a phoenix was singing over there. Being attracted by the beautiful music, the poet went out of his house, for he wanted to make sure which his neighbour is playing it. However, what he has found was that all of the gates in the streets were tightly locked, so that he guessed that maybe the wonderful music was from a fairyland that there are thousand of the flowering peaches in it...

After reading this poem, there are at least three or four pictures have jumped   in to my mind:

-- A poet was listening to some beautiful music.
-- A poet was looking for where is the music coming from?
-- All of the gates in the streets are closed tightly.
-- A beautiful fairyland that is full of the wonderful music, peach blossoms, birds and so on...

So, I would really like to create a series paintings to match this poem, anyway, for I am still living in the hospital after an operation. I am at home on the weekend by escaping of the hospital and I have no the physical strength has not support me to stand up to paint. So, I will have to paint later. .

However, I had written a piece of music to match it in August 20, 2006. So, this weekend, I have re-translated it into English and I am going to sing it in English for you...

I do hope that my effort will be some help with you to learn Chinese language and culture.


Listen to a Neighbor Playing Sheng

By Lang Shiyuan (Tang)

A phoenix is singing over the coloured clouds
I wonder which neighbor is playing the lovely music,
All of the gates are locked, I cannot find it.
doubt it's from a fairyland with thousands of the peach flowers.   


Please hit any Chinese character that you need help with, to see its Chinese pinyin, pronunciation, and meaning and follow me to read it.



郎士元 (唐)


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Shirley Zhang

Written, Sung, Translated & Recorded Sun, August 20, 2006 / September 12, 2010