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Shirley Created Music For Chinese Classical Poem--021: Ducks Know the Spring Is Coming At the First -- Huichong Chun Jian Wan Jing   

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Hi, friends, today, I would like to introduce a new Chinese classical poem Hui Chong Chun Jiang Wan Jing ? Ducks Know the Spring Is Coming At the First Via the Warm River Water by the greatest poet in Song Dynasty (960-1279) -- Su Shi(10371101).

Su Shi was the greatest litterateur of North Song (960 --1126) for his outstanding achievement on poetry, lyrics and essays. He was also a great calligraphist and famous artist. :-)

Su Shi was from Mei Shan, Sichuan. He had a very good educational background and be called San(three) Su with his father and young brother together.

After becoming a successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations, he had much achievement on many positions as an official.

In poetry field, he had a very famous reputation as Huang Tingjian and be called called "Su and Huan" in Chinese poetry history.

In lyrics field, Su Shi created the highest achievement no matter on its content and form in North Song. He was the founder of the poetry genre of the Bold and Unconstrained Poetry Genre. So, he and the other greatest poet Xing Qiji in South Song (1126 - 1279) were called "Su and Xin".

In essay field, Su Shi was very good on dissertation. He is one of the Tang and Song Eight Great Masters. He had a same good reputation as Ou Yangxiu and be called "Ou and Su"

As a calligraphist, he was famous for his running hand and regular script. As an artist, he was favorite to paint bamboos.

Su Shi was not only famous on the writing, painting and handwriting, but also he had his own literature and art theory. He emphasized that literature should be unique, expressive force and art value.

He has gone for about 900 years, but, he has left us more than 4000 poems, about 340 lyrics and many essays in the world. Many his lines are reading or recited or transmitted.

This poem was written on a picture that is titled Chun Jian Wan Jing --The Evening View by a Buddhist monk and artist who names Hui Chong.

I am sure, instead of remembering the title of this poem, most of people can remember its famous line: "Chun jian shui nuan ya xian zhi -- ducks know the spring is coming at the first via the warm river water.

So, I would like to make this line as the title of my translation of this poem. :-)

As usual, I wrote a piece of music for this poem and hope you enjoy it. :-)

MAIN MEANING OF THE PEOM LISTEN TO SHIRLEY SINGING THE POEM :

There are 3 or 2 branches of peach blossom
out of the bamboo forest,
ducks know the spring is coming at the first
via the warm of river water,
beach wormwood is growing up everywhere
and reed's bud is short,
it is the time
that fugu will be in the market...

NEW WORDS:

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

CHINESE CHRACTERS AND PRONUNCIATION:

ݳ紺 -- Hu Chng Chn Jing Wn Jng

-- S Sh

-- Zh wi tohu sn ling zh,
ˮůѼ֪ -- chn jing shu nun y xin zh
«ѿ --   Lugo mn d ly dun,
ʱ --   zhng sh htn y shng sh

This is a poem of early spring, with several short lines; it has "painted" a beautiful picture of the early spring view in the south area of the Yangtze River. Hope you enjoy it.

LISTEN TO SHIRLEY SINGING THE POEM

If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn , or shirleyz004@yahoo.com, You are welcomed to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends as well. :-)   

--Shirley
Written, Translated and Recorded On Sat, 25, 2006