by Kelly Tang
But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!
I cannot stop singing this song! This work by Dr Kelly Tang is ultimate Hollywood!
We commissioned three local composers to create new works for us for this year’s lieder festival, and this is Dr Tang’s contribution, an adaptation of Romeo’s speech in Act 2 scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.
I cannot imagine a more perfect setting. The lines are gorgeous to sing. Harmonic shifts are fantastic, meaningful, and effective. I have not enjoyed a song so much for a while, and I am immensely grateful I have this work in my hands. I hope I do a good job if it. That last page sends me over the moon! And can the setting of the word ‘envious’ be more seductive?
We are premiering this song on 27th October. We have such gifted and talented composers on this island, we really need to celebrate them more.
Thank you so much Dr Tang for this most wonderful of creations.