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Love Song of Kangding, The

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Chen Dan

Traditional, arranged by Chen Dan

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HeBu
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €82.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tenor Baritone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kangding Qingge (Chinese: 康定情歌) (literally Love Song of Kangding) is a traditional folk song of the city of Kangding, Sichuan Province, that has become popular across China.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This particular arrangement was done by Chen Dan in 1999. The translation of the lyrics follows:

High upon the mountainside floats a cloud so white
There lies Kangding town, bathed in silver moonlight
Moonlight shines bright over Kangding town
Lovely maid with a sweet smile, Li, the woodcutter's daughter.
Zhang, the blacksmith's eldest son, comes to court her in moonlight.
Moonlight shines bright, a courtship in moonlight.
First, he has fallen in love because she is talented and good-looking.
Second, he has fallen in love because she can take care of the family.
The crescent moon can take care of the family.
Lovely maids of the world, I cannot but love you.
Gentlemen of the world, they cannot but woo you.
Moonlight shine bright, they cannot but woo you.

- Program note from University of North Texas Symphony Band concert program, 22 September 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dan, C. (2006). The Love Song of Kangding [score]. HeBu-Musikverl: Kraichtal
  • Kangding Qingge, Wikipedia Accessed 23 September 2016