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Du Fu’s precarious itinerant existence throughout the turmoil of these years provided the inspiration for some of his finest poetry. He wrote about what he saw and heard around him—the lives of his family, friends, neighbours and strangers—with great honesty and deep compassion. He is now regarded as one of China’s finest poets, but received no recognition in his own lifetime.
In 765 Du Fu began a long journey down the Yangtze (the “Great River”) towards his birthplace, which had recently been recaptured by Government forces. Progress was slow and he died before reaching his final destination.
Songs in time of war is the first in a series of four major works commissioned jointly by the Salisbury, Chelsea and Lichfield Festivals, 2006-2009. The first performances were given by Mark Padmore (tenor), Philippe Honoré (violin), Alison Nicholls (harp) and Morgan Szymanski (guitar) at Wilton Church, 8 June 2006; St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, 19 June 2006; and the Lady Chapel, Lichfield Cathedral, 6 July, 2006.
from notes by Alec Roth © 2008
|Roth: Songs in time of war|
The Chinese poet, Du Fu (712-770), received no recognition in his lifetime but is now regarded as one of China’s finest poets. His poems appear in Roth’s work, 'Songs in Time of War', while the composer has been inspired by a visit to Vancouver’s ...» More