Ni Hao, Taipei – next Thursday night my Devotion for flute and strings will have its Asian premiere at Shih Chien University. My Chinese is non-existent, so I have to express appreciation by way of my usual, subpar English.
Chinese and the Romance languages have such differing organizational principles I’m astonished by the people who manage to master both. Even simply making oneself understood in both languages is a marvelous achievement.
Despite my respect, though, I can’t help being amused by some of the translations one comes across. Besides Devotion, the program will also include Saint-Saëns’s Une flûte invisible, given in its English incarnation, courtesy of Google, as Stealth Flute.
You can hear a sample of Devotion here, played by Ransom Wilson and the Borromeo String Quartet.