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  • Wu Man: 'Night Thoughts'

    During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by Chinese poet Li Bo. She was accompanied by percussionist Haruka Fujii.

    “A Quiet Night Thought”

    In front of my bed, there is a bright moonlight.
    It appears to be frost on the ground.
    I lift my head and gaze at the August Moon,
    I lower my head and think of my hometown.



    —Li Bo (701–762)

    Editing: Nicholas Mangialardi

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