D.F. / arr. JUNYI TAN
An erhu melody opens the piece, setting the scene for an elegant stroll through the lush greenery of southern China. The music there has been traditionally likened to the elegant demeanor of gentle and soft-spoken ladies. Creating a delicate curtain of rain, the chords of the harp and pipa are echoed by mellow woodwinds. Heavenly maidens, gliding toward the Earth, are heard in the violins’ delicate spiccato and trilling strings. Circling melodies, which are built on the pentatonic scale common to Chinese tradition, embrace listeners in a dance of subtle beauty.