D.F. / arr. GAO YUANWriting poetry by moonlight is a recurring motif in ancient Chinese stories. In the story of this piece, it is the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E–220 C.E.), and Confucian scholars have gathered in the evening to seek inspiration from the heavens. Their flowing thoughts, expressed eloquently in their work, are shown through graceful melodic lines. The gentle peace of a quiet night’s rumination is reflected in the simple, elegant orchestration. As the piece draws to a close, the lingering notes of the woodwinds suggest the enduring qualities of these scholars’ poems.