Chou Wen-Chung


Two Chinese Folk Songs

Year 1950
Duration 3 minutes

Two Chinese Folk Songs is an arrangement for solo harp, transcribed by harp virtuoso Lucile Lawrence of Chou Wen-chung’s Three Folk Songs, a composition for harp and flute. Lucile Lawrence (1907-2004) commissioned Chou to write the duet in 1950. She had met him through Edgard Varèse, her teacher of music history and theory, three decades earlier.

Lawrence was also well-known for her harp transcriptions of works by Debussy, Mendelssohn and other classical composers. Two Chinese Folk Songs, published in 1964 by C.F. Peters, marked her sole transcription of a work by a Chinese composer.

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