Clouds are the Language of the Sky

Duration: 12 minutes
Instrumentation: Soprano, Piano
Year: 2022

Program Notes

Set in seven movements, my song cycle “Clouds are the Language of the Sky” weaves the poetry of Edith Yang Qing with music for soprano and piano.  In it, the poem evokes seven different states and personifies the clouds through richly expressive vocabulary.  The poems are impressionistic yet full of personality and my music seeks to convey and amplify these poetic impulses in a contemporary tonal language. 

The piece was commissioned by pianist Jialiang Zhu and was made possible by the generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Performance History

  • January 15, 2023
    Jialiang Zhu & Emily Lapin
    Infiniti Music Hall, Markham
    ON, Canada
  • May 14, 2023
    Jialiang Zhu & Emily Lapin
    St. Christopher Anglican Church
    Burlington, ON, Canada
  • May 19, 2023
    Jialiang Zhu & Emily Lapin
    Canadian Music Center
    Toronto, ON, Canada



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