Huang Tzu is one of my favorite Chinese composers. There is warmth and romance in his songs. “Three Wishes of the Rose” (玫瑰三愿) is a typical example of his artistic songs. The song expresses the author’s love towards the rose and his wish for the beauty to stay. The lyrics and my english translation are as follows:
玫瑰花、玫瑰花！The rose, the rose!
烂开在碧栏杆下，Flourishing along the handrail in the garden,
我愿那妒我的无情风雨莫吹打；I wish the ruthless storm who envy my beauty do not hurt me;
我愿那爱我的多情遊客莫攀摘；I wish the emotional tourists who love me do not pick me;
我愿那红颜长好不凋谢，I wish youth stay forever and never die;
好教我留住芳华。To let me keep my eternal beauty.
In his other songs, Huang also shows his sympathy for the beauty of the nature. The Words of the West Wind (西风的话) is a chorus composed by him. I interpret the song as a tribute to the momentous beauty. The song is filled with nostalgic emotion. There is no clearcut climax. It is the peacefulness that makes this song special. Listening to this song, I always think about the lotus lake along which my family and I walked. The scent of lotus flowers is the fragrance of summer. Though written decades ago, Huang’s melodies are still widely received by modern audience, because his songs express the eternal theme of love and peace.
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