Something for Thursday

A longer selection today: the Butterfly Lovers Concerto by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao. This piece of program music was written in 1959, but don’t let the date of composition fool you: this is pure lyric Romanticism, using several Chinese folk melodies in musically depicting the events of the legend of the butterfly lovers. This isn’t particularly deep music, but it’s achingly beautiful and evocative.

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