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Symphony No.2 'World' for chorus and orchestra

Classical/Choral music • 2011 • Lyricist: Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Symphony No.2 'World' for chorus and orchestra

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Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Trombone basso, Trombone tenor, Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Timpani, Mixed choir
Scored for
Choir, Symphonic orchestra
Type of score
Full score
Man-Ching Donald Yu
Programme Notes:
Symphony No. 2 “World” is composed for mixed chorus, soloists and orchestra. The texts are selected from two independent poems. The first one is “To the Garden the World” written by Walt Whitman and the second one is “God’s World” written by Edna St.Vincent Millay. I am deeply moved by the two poems for they have a profound and immense emotional impact on my feeling toward the modern world. The first poem, To the Garden the World, depicts the superficial satisfaction gained as a result of the pure love between man and woman in the Garden of Eden. I adopt this poem to satirize the superficiality and immorality of our degenerated civilized modern world where human virtues, societies, and politics of various sorts are declined and deteriorated to different extents. These are stemmed from the civilization of mankind gradually overwhelmed by commercialization, hypocrisy, individualism, cold-hearted, and snobbishness etc. In the second poem, “God’s World.” depicts the beauty of the world. Realizing all kinds of nature and life governed and given by the supernatural power in our Cosmo---God, I adopt the poem for expressing my passion toward the nature of our world which is pure, warm, and beautiful as it ought to be. My contradictive feeling is reflected on the deteriorated aspect of our world as well as the beautiful side of its nature. The beginning of the piece describes the creation of the world---chaos. The music accompanying the first poem tends to be more cloudy and diatonic for describing the scene of the Garden Eden. The music is gradually transformed to be more chromatic while it symbolizes the civilization of mankind. The music of the second poem becomes more passionate and agitated which expresses my angry and compassionate feeling toward the mankind and at the same time implicates my adorable feeling toward our almighty God that created such a beautiful world.

Flutes 1.2, Oboe, Clarinets in Bb 1.2, Bassoons 1.2, Horns in F 1.2, Trumpets in Bb , Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Chorus (SATB), Strings
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