The Bloom is not a Bloom
Character by character, the Chinese poem reads:
Bloom not bloom mist not mist
Night half come heaven bright go
Come like spring dream how long time?
Go like morning cloud not find place
Which gives, translated into English grammar:
The bloom is not a bloom, the mist not mist,
At midnight she comes, and goes again at dawn.
She comes like a spring dream- how long will she stay?
She goes like morning cloud, without a trace.
The occasion for this commission was Nils Henrik Asheim's engagement as Composer in Residence (Festivalkomponist) for the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival.
The piece was written and premiered by The Hilliard Ensemble.