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Song is Being | 念茲在茲 
Programme Concert | 標題音樂會

Promotion Video 音樂會宣傳短片

Poem and Music selection 音樂及詩選

(The performance is 1.5 hour long including an intermission of 15mins)

Part I
Apollo and Daphne - 
First Love 

Love Song

Rainer Maria Rilke


Trio Sonata, BWV529 – II. Largo

Johann Sebastian Bach


Si dolce e 'l tormento, SV332

Claudio Monteverdi



Rainer Maria Rilke


Apollo e Daphne, HWV122 - Felicissima quest'alma

George Frideric Handel


Serse, HWV40 – Ombra mai fu

George Frideric Handel


Sonnets to Orpheus, part two, XII

Rainer Maria Rilke


La folia (The madness) Trio Sonata, RV63

Antonio Vivaldi


阿波羅與達芙妮 - 初衷




三重奏鳴曲BWV529 – II最緩板









《阿波羅與達芙妮》HWV122 - 《歡愉的靈魂》



《賽爾西》HWV40 –《懷念的樹蔭》






佛利亞舞曲《瘋狂》 三重奏鳴曲RV63




Part II

Orpheus and Eurydice - Most beloved

Italian Concerto, BWV971 – II. Andante

Johann Sebastian Bach


Amadigi di Gaula, HWV11 – Pena Tiranna

George Frideric Handel


The death of the beloved

Rainer Maria Rilke


Trio Sonata in D minor, H.569 – I. Adagio

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach


Dido and Aeneas, Z.626 - When I am laid in Earth

Henry Purcell


The book of hours, part two, VII

Rainer Maria Rilke


Sonata No.1 in d minor – VI Aria

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre


Sonnets to Orpheus, part two, XXIX

Rainer Maria Rilke


Paris Quartet in E Minor, TWV43:e12 – VI Modéré

Georg Philipp Telemann


奧菲斯與尤麗黛 - 堅守



《意大利協奏曲》BWV971 – II. 行板

J.S. 巴赫


《高盧的阿馬迪吉》HWV11 –《我感到無比痛苦》






D 小調三重奏鳴曲H.569 – I. 柔板

C.P.E. 巴赫


《狄朵與埃涅阿斯》Z.656 - 《當我長眠地下》






第一號D 小調奏鳴首 – VI 詠嘆調






E 小調《巴黎四重奏》TWV43:e12 – VI 中速


Song is Being


 “Ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: 

must I write?” 

This is the advise poet Rainer Maria Rilke gave in a letter to a lost young poet in 1903. 115 years later, another young musician came across this letter while questioning the value and meaning of live classical music performance in the modern time. He then set off his search for an answer and encountered two Greek mythology tragic figures that would shine light on him: Daphne, the first love of Apollo; and Eurydice, 

the wife and most beloved of Orpheus.....


Song is Being is a program concert curated by flutist Yat Ho Tsang. His idea was to reexamine the traditional classical music concert format and to present baroque music in an easier, more interesting and meaningful way to the general public. He carefully selected poems and baroque music that supplement and complement each other, and used them to reinforce and be part of the storytelling of two Greek mythology love stories - Apollo & Daphne and Orpheus & Eurydice. 


With a well balanced structure of storytelling by a narrator in Cantonese, Rilke’s German poems recited by a voice actress and baroque music performed on period instruments, Song is Being aims at maximising the musical and emotional experience of the Hong Kong audience, and invites them to find their own answer to Rilke’s question: "Must I write(make art)?"


After the huge success of the premiere given in March 2018 in a ceramic studio in Hong Kong, two re-runs of Song is Being have been scheduled on 4th Nov 2018 during Prism Chamber Music Festival in Hong Kong; and in Feb 2019 during Musica Antiqua Takamatsu in Takamatsu Japan with support from Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


The name Song is Being is from Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus, part one, no.3.

念茲在茲 Song is Being




1903年,詩人里爾克在回信中這樣建議一位迷失中的年青詩人。115年後,另一位年青音樂家在思考古典音樂演奏對現代社會的價值和意義時讀到這封回信。之後他開展尋找答案的旅途,並遇上兩個給他帶來曙光的希臘神話悲劇人物 - 達芙妮(Daphne) : 阿波羅(Apollo)的初戀; 尤麗黛(Eurydice): 奧菲斯的妻子及一生最愛(Orpheus) 。


《念茲在茲Song is Being》(《念》)是一場由長笛家曾逸豪策劃的標題音樂會。 他希望重新思考古典音樂會的傳統形式,為巴洛克音樂找到一個令普羅大眾更容易接受、更有趣、同時亦有意義的新形式。他細心挑選了一些能夠互相補足及承接的詩和音樂,利用詩和音樂去加強和說出兩個古希臘神話愛情故事 - 阿波羅與達芙妮 和 奧菲斯與尤麗黛。




英文名字 Song is Being 源自里爾克的《致奧費斯的十四行詩》第一部第三首。而中文名字《念茲在茲》意思即是對某一件事情念念不忘。

A god could do it. But tell me this: how can a man

follow him by passing through the narrow lyre?

His mind is divided; at the crossing of two

heart-paths there is no temple to Apollo.


Song, as you teach it, isn't about desire,

nor does it court what might be accomplished.

Song is being. Something simple for the god.

But when will we finally be? And when will he


turn the earth and the stars toward us?

It isn’t this, young man, which makes you love, even when

the voice forces its mouth open for you. Learn


to forget that you sang out. It passes away.

But to sing in truth is a different breath.

A breath around nothing. A blowing in God. A wind.


(translation by Mark S. Burrows)


Sonnets to Orpheus, part one, III

Programme note 場刊

Photos of the premiere 首演照片

Photographer: Wong Nga Ting

Programme Note


Audience listening to the soundtracks of Rilke's poems performed in German by actress Irina Hüfner

觀眾專注欣賞演員Irina Hüfner以德文演譯里爾克的詩的錄音聲帶

Baroque violinist Sean Lai rehearsing


Viola da gamba player Lam Tim Wai preparing for the performance 


Actress Alice Yu telling the two stories in Cantonese


Soprano Alison Lau performing an aria by Monteverdi


Musicians performing on period instruments: baroque flute, baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord


Audience listening to harpsichordist Stephen Hung's performance


Quotes from Rilke’s letter are essential in completing the structure.


The last piece Telemann Paris Quartet with Rilke's quote

終章 - 泰勒曼的《巴黎四重奏》加上里爾克的書信節錄

Audience were enthusiastic about the performance


Flutist Tsang Yat Ho sharing his idea and concept for curating Song is Being.


Review of the premiere

published in Vantage Music Magazine, May 2018, Vol.3 No.3

"A very interesting occasion to appreciate poetry and early music together. Ancient Greek mythology has often been associated with early music and along this idea, two Greek love tragedies - that of Apollo & Daphne and Orpheus & Eurydice - were portrayed. Audience listened to German poems of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) related to the myths and Alice You recounted the stories in Cantonese. Musicians, including TSANG Yat Ho (baroque flute), Alison Lau (soprano), Sean Lai (baroque violin), LAM Tim Wai (viola da gamba) and Stephen Hung (Harpsichord), illustrated selected musical excerpts from Bach, Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, de La Guerre and Telemann.

The programme flow was smooth. The arrangement of poetry-storytelling-music was creative with all the three parts mutually reinforcing each together, giving rise to an experience that was engaging, stimulating and appealing. I was marvelled at the abilities for baroque instrumentations to express emotions given the right music."

Kelly  Kim (

Concert at

Prism Chamber Music Festival 2018 演出

Performances at

Musica Antiqua Takamatsu 2019 


supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Photographer: Malou Van den Heuvel