Summary / Story-
“Legend,” a masterpiece of Yu, Kwang-chung, can be deemed as a concentrated display of the return of national spirits. The music starts from violent guitar major chord, and then the sound of wind produced by electronic synthesizer is added to describe the distinct scene of the Loess Plateau. The tense guitar warns about possible anxieties behind the wind in the highland. And then, the desolate low-pitched voice by singer, Chi, Yu, starts to sing “They say that there is a folk song in the north”. The melody then turns into emotional adagio, “Only Huanghai’s (the Yellow Sea’s) breathing capacity can sing”. The tune is remote and long; the lyrics sentences are compactly connected at a dash. After the lyric part, it comes to describe the real scenes; “From Qinghai to Huanghai (the Yellow Sea),” “The wind hears the sound,” and then a sudden sound of whirlwind; finally “The Sand also hears the sound” for a total of four poetry sentences and the melody just closely connects to poetry’s artistic conception. There is one thing deserved to be mentioned here; the creation of the melody must follow the syllables of northern language families. And “North (read as “Beifang),” “Qinghai (read as Qinghai),” “Sand (read as Sha),” “Wind (read as Feng)” are pronunciations in official Chinese (Mandarin). In fact, this kind of phenomenon is often seen in Tai-Hsiang Li’s works. The composing method is somewhat similar to recitative in the West or the reading method of ancient Chinese poetries, or it might comes from the imitation of “Xintianyou” folk song, a kind of northern Shaanxi’s local melody. After low and deep adagio describing “Huanghai” in the first period, the melody turns to moderato, and the background music also develops from simple stringed music into march style music and goes on until the chorus in the last part. “Legend” contains four parts; the melody of each part is similar to the theme motive, but also slightly different from it. Singer Chi, Yu also used various pronunciation skills and cleverly showed three main subjects, “the Changjiang (Yangtzu River)”, “Me”, and “We” in the later part, creating magnificent momemtum but also having great intimacy.
Background information and explanation
They say that there is a folk song in the north,
The song can be heard while crying; the song can also be heard while laughing.
Only Huanghai’s (the Yellow Sea’s) breathing capacity can sing.
From Qinghai to Huanghai (the Yellow Sea),
The wind hears the song; the sand also hears the sound.
If the cold weather freezes Huanghai (the Yellow Sea) and turnes it into a glacier,
There is still Changjiang River (Yangtzu River) singing with its mother nature’s nasal tone.
From highlands to plains,
Fishes hear the song, dragons also hear the song.
If the cold weather freezes the Changjiang (Yangtzu River) and turns it into a glacier,
There is still me. There is still my Red Sea roaring.
From morning tides to night tides,
The song can be heard while awake, the song can also be heard while in dreams.
If there is one day, my blood is also frozen,
There is still your blood and his blood singing in chorus.
From Type A to Type O,
Connecting to music score.