A Visit to the Sky-mother Mountain
University of Washington Abstract A Visit to the Sky-mother Mountain Lu Yin Chair of the Supervisory Committee: JoÃ«l-FranÃ§ois Durand School of Music “Would you have me bow my head before mighty prices, forgetting all the joy of my heart?” Not long after Li Bai (Chinese: 李白, pinyin: LǐbÃ¡i, 701–762) left the imperial court, he wrote so at the end of one of his masterpiece, A Visit to the Sky-mother Mountain in a Dream. As he acknowledged his fate and true passion at this point, the experience in the mountain in the dream would continue into his reality. This piece, scored for seven instrumentalists, is after Li Bai’s experience before, in and after the dream, and the composer’s own imagination of Li Bai’s inner world.
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