SOP - sitting alone on an autumn night by samltaylor published on 2013/06/20 19:17:31 +0000 Piece for solo soprano with text from 'Sitting alone on an autumn night' by Wang Wei (699-761). The pauses are taken from the way the poetry would have been recited at the time, as well as the balancing of level and oblique 'tones': in old China the linguistic intonation of each syllable, here transferred to the melodic movement. Wang was also a talented landscape painter and I like to think the lines of melody depict this. Sung by Mary Weigold on 20/6/13. I sit alone sad at my whitening hair Waiting for ten o'clock in my empty room In the rain the hill fruits fall Under my lamp grasshoppers sound White hairs will never be transformed That elixir is beyond creation To eliminate decrepitude Study the absolute.