I asked the bright Moon To bring me my Shadow and make us three. The whimsical sentiment of an ancient Chinese poem inspired this spirited piece. With melodic interest in all three parts, this will be a joy to sing.
On a quiet night among the flowers, I sat alone.
There was no one with me, ‘til lifting my eyes, I asked the bright Moon
To bring me my Shadow and make us three.
Alas, but the Moon was unable to speak, and my Shadow just tagged behind.
Yes my Shadow wasn’t free and the Moon couldn’t speak,
But they still were friends of mine;
To cheer me through the end of spring.
I sang, the Moon encouraged me;
I danced, my Shadow tumbled after.
I danced! I sang!
As long as I knew, we were boon companions, and then, all was dark.
Suddenly the Moon and my Shadow were gone, yet their mem’ry lingers on!
As I watch the Road of the River of Stars!
Li Bai (701-762) Chinese poet of the Mid-Tang Dynasty
as adapted by Matthew Erpelding
Featured on the following reading sessions 2016 | Central Division ACDA conference in Chicago IL 2/23-27 2016 | GA ACDA Reading Session - February 25-27 2015 | Natl OAKE Conference March 19-22, 2015 2015 | M-R Music Middle School/High School Choral Reading Session 7/23 2015 | Missouri ACDA convention in Jefferson City, Missouri 2015 | MS ACDA Summer Reading Session