City night
(soprano, flute and harp)

Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Soprano
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Programme Note:
This is a series of six urban haikus about love in the city: modern/contemporary/urban setting.

Prowlers, Blind, Them(all capitalized ppl)are people who are trapped pursuing modern superficial ideals and unable to find love or themselves.

About emptiness and the search for something deeper hindered by darkness/night/secular lifestyle/selfishness and lack of love......

Text by Bo Wen Chan:

Night in the City
Industrial air settles
The Prowlers emerge.

You seek forever
But you cannot catch what lies
Beyond the moment

My moonlit darling
Coughing on the picnic bench.
We share slow heartbeats...

Reach for sanity
Everything will pass you by
In the blackest hour.

We sleep unsettled.
All life unconsecrated;
We have escaped Them.

Either real or imagined spiritual prosecution, or some form of psychological self-punishment. Eventually one comes to term with their choices, action, and unattainable moral standards.

The Blind cannot judge
What is purged in the darkness.
The sky fades to dawn.

Premiere Information:
September 24, 2010, von Kuster Hall, Western University,London, Ontario; Xin Wang, soprano; Anna Thompson, flute; Sanya Eng, harp


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1212 H678ci
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Plectral String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 2, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (31 p.) ;
    31 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 8
    1 flute part (8 p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:

  • 1. Night in the City
    2. You seek
    3. My Moonlit Darling
    4. Reach for sanity
    5. We sleep unsettled
    6. The blind cannot judge
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