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“In southern lands the red bean tree
grows. It sprouts when the vernal breeze blows. Pick the
red beans with your hands filled. Your yearning for love
will be fulfilled.” This poem – written by a Tang
Dynasty poet Wang Wei (699-761 AD, China) – was the
inspiration of this piece. The heart-shaped red beans
are the seeds of Adenanthera pavonina, which is a tree
growing in the southern part of China and South Asia.
The poet extended the nostalgic thoughts on red beans to
admiration and yearning for friends far away. Structured
on the basis of fifth interval, the music proceeds with
variations on the inversions. The motif frequently
reappears to express the persistent yearning and
expectation for friendship.
Yearning (Wang Wei, 699-761 AD, Tang
In southern lands the red bean tree grows.
It sprouts when the vernal breeze blows.
Pick the red beans with your hands filled.
Your yearning for love will be fulfilled.