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A Porter's Song (2012)

for SATB a cappella choir

Program Note

A Porter’s Song was commissioned by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Erik DanielHelms New Music Program in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club. The work was premiered on November 16th, 2012, at Yale University, by the Yale Glee Club, conducted by Jeffery Douma.

A Porter’s Song is based on two Chinese folk songs from northern Shaanxi Province, both shares a sadness of being separated from the loved one. The text is in Chinese, notated in a transliteration of a northern Shaanxi dialect.


腳夫調 Jiao Fu Diao

(A Porter's Song)



san yue lee (dee na ger) tai yang hong you hong,


wei sher muo wuo gan jiao dee ren er (yo) zhe yang ku mir?



ger ger dzou lai mee mee zhao,


nian lei er dee dzai


A Porter's Song


The March sun is red and hot,

But why is a porter’s life so bitter and sad?


Oh, my love, you are disappearing under my gaze,

My tears trickle down at the village gate

——Translation by Bright Sheng