Song of the Beggars

Hyo-shin Na

Song of the Beggars

                                         (1998)

Song of the Beggars is based loosely on the melody of Kahk-seo-ree-ta-ryung, a Korean folk song that has been sung for hundreds of years by traveling beggars, following the open-air markets from one village to the next. The melody is simple, the words light-hearted:

You might have thought that I died
since last you saw me
Youíre surprised to see me back so soon
Here I come, poom-bah!Singing better than ever, poom-bah!
Now Iím without my poor parents,
couldnít I have inherited anything from them
besides begging?

It is said that the song is sung well only when one can no longer endure lifeís miseries and humiliations.





The piece was commissioned by and written for the Kronos Quartet


                        Song of the Beggars
               Published by Lantro Music - Belgium
 

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