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MTN046-Ali-Shan-Zhi-Ge-Mark-Templeton

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Catalogue #:MTN-046
Duration:3'40"
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Composer Ālĭ Shān Zhī Gē
Mark D. Templeton

Ālĭ Shān Zhī Gē

for SATB chorus, a cappella
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Ālĭ Shān Zhī Gē (Song of Ali Mountain) is from a renowned location in Taiwan. A legend exists about the origin of Ali Mountain’s name. There was once a chief of a traditional tribe named Abali. He chased a white deer into a giant mountain that he had never seen before. He found there were large amounts of animals for hunting, so he decided to move his tribe next to the mountain. His people were able to live with great abundance every year because Abali had lead them to what they now considered a holy place. The tribe decided to commemorate Abali by naming the mountain after him, Ali Mountain. Ālĭ Shān Zhī Gē praises the beauty of the girls and the strength of the boys and compares them to the splendor and might of the mountain. Today, Ali Mountain is a symbol of traditional Taiwanese culture. This arrangement paints an idyllic pastoral scene by allowing the beautiful pentatonic melody to be easily heard through the texture of the simple yet lush harmonies. Each vocal line is conservative yet flows interestingly in a cantabile-like manner. A thorough IPA pronunciation guide is included.

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