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台灣文化與世界和平之夜


林榮德博士,蒙聯合國非政府組織之邀請,於一九九六年九月十二日至十六日在美國紐約林肯中心及新世界藝術中心,分別推出「台灣文化和世界和平之夜」音樂會及「拯救地球」畫展。

在愛佛費雪大音樂廳舉辦的「台灣文化和世界和平之夜」音樂會,吸引兩千五百餘位友邦人士與僑胞聆賞。

音樂會交響樂團由茱麗亞音樂學院高材生組成並邀國際知名女高音陳麗嬋、及聲樂家楊艾琳、曾維民、名小提琴家詹曉昀主唱及協奏。兒童音樂劇「小氣球夢的旅行」,則由紐約三大華人兒童合唱團、百人同台合唱,歌樂雙美。

「拯救地球」油畫展,係由林榮德音樂教育中心、聯合國非政府組織 (NGO)及國際教師和平運動聯盟共同贊助,於九月十二日至十六日在紐約新世界藝術中心展出。


台灣文化和世界和平之夜 一九九六年九月十四日 林肯中心艾佛費雪音樂廳
作曲者:林榮德 指揮:大衛•巴克 小提琴獨奏:詹曉昀 上半場節目 啊!美麗島 (台灣民謠交響詩第二號) AH! FORMOSA (TAIWAN FOLK SONG SYMPHONIC POEM NO. 2) 獻給聯合國非政府組織國際教育工作者世界和平運動聯盟 Dedicated to the International Association of Educators for World Peace and the Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations

When the Portuguese captain saw Taiwan for the first time, he could only shout "Ah! Formosa" ("Beautiful Island"). For the next four hundred years, Taiwan survived under the rule and authority of Portugal, Great Britain, Spain, Holland, Japan and China. Also, in the most recent past, Taiwan's environment and natural ecology have been badly treated, destroying what was a beautiful island and the environmental pollution has endangered the existence of all the lives in nature. "Ah! Formosa" describes this island that originally was an unusual paradise where birds sang on the breeze and inside the fragrant forest, butterfly and other animals cheered and jumped, trees are seen everywhere, big gardens with all kinds of flowers flourished, fish swam on the lakes and surrounding seas.

First Movement: One Bird Has Two Eyes

"One Bird Has Two Eyes" is a lovely children's song representing the lively and simple nature of Taiwanese children and the heart of the sincere and humble nature- worshipping Taiwanese. If we can see the world from a flower, then from the children's song "One Bird Has Two Eyes", we may hear the sound of nature and the heart of the local habitants.

Second Movement: Watermill

"Watermill" is a special scene in the early days of Taiwan when farmers stepped on the water mill to sing a country song. It is a bustling and beautiful scene which depicts Taiwanese working hard in the fields and children playing under the trees listening to the workers sing the lovely tune of the "Watermill".

Third Movement: "Our Beloved Formosa"

At the very beginning of "Our Beloved Formosa" the clouds of Ah-Li Mountain are rising slowly, lightly and elegantly, drifting to the top of this beautiful mountain. The whole movement describes beautiful mountains and seas of the Island of Taiwan with the clouds and water freely drifting in the air and above the land.

The lovely land is reflected by this warm, peaceful and harmonious song. "Our Beloved Formosa" calls, in its tenderly attachment, for the Taiwanese people to wake their long hidden passion and the deep love for their own land and resonates with an eager expectation for the future.

One Bird Has Two Eyes
One bird has two eyes, two feet are kicking.
With two wings to fly and one tail, one beak for pecking,
pecking the rice, pecking the corn!
Two birds have four eyes, four feet are kicking,......

Watermill

Whirling and whirling watermill,
whirling the water pouring out onto the fields.
Its head like the dragon, the body like a snake,
with the feet as a centipede.

Pumping and pumping, Wind-Drum is working,
with the head of tiger, the mouth of a lion,
and the belly like a spider.
Pumping, pumping the fresh air.

Our Beloved Formosa

Taiwan, our beloved Taiwan,
the sea around us is so vast, the mountains are so high,
so many different ships passing through the harbor,
visitors form far-off lands are all praise your spectacular beauty.
Sun-Moon Lake, Ah-Li San Mountain,
grasses and forests always so green
while storks fly over the water fields.
Wild birds rest on the back of buffaloes,
so wonderful and so beautiful.
the whole world praises you "Formosa", "Beautiful Island".


白鴒鷥小提琴協奏曲 - 小提琴獨奏


“白鴒鷥”是一首台灣家喻戶曉的童謠
“白鴒鷥”也是一種全世界兒童所熟知的白色飛禽
它們成群地棲息、成群飛翔、成群覓食
是溪流、淺潭和水泊的訪客

早年故鄉的紅瓦厝
黃昏竹林
斑斑白點
襯托出綠色樹林為底線的大自然美景

當粼粼水波,蕩漾在溪邊的草蘆叢中
一片廣大的水影和一框框色田中間
豎琴暗示著
或一隻或好多向空中飛起的白鴒鷥
撩動了大自然一片環境音樂的和鳴
弦樂部份
宛如一泊泊清澈的水影
優美的和聲像映畫著一望無痕的晴空
如同鏡子一樣
照亮了大自然的軀體和靈魂
而白鴒鷥飛行其間
水中偶爾掠過一群白色身影
將牠們白色的旋律(小提琴SOLO)
飛舞在天空和大地之間
浩瀚遼闊
堅實延伸
整個音樂融合了游移遨飛的生靈
和大自然混為一體
牠們如果滅絕了
不正是在預告人類也將滅絕嗎?

小提琴所吟唱的這首童謠
變奏著這個全然單純的申訴
不斷地嘔歌傾吐
不斷地傾吐奮進
更遠更遠地飛向生命高峰的急流

整個協奏表達緬懷以往單純的生存
象徵著一種大自然中生命的喜悅
在最後的終止式中(Cadenza)
彷彿在告訴人類的孩子們說
白鴒鷥
牠的翅膀展開一則飛翔事蹟
即使在一天遲遲的探望中
白鴒鷥向水天一色茫茫的宇宙中
再一次的眷顧
彷彿給孩子們說不完一個在心頭縈迴不去
完整而又美麗的故事

WHITE STORK VIOLIN CONCERTO


The "White Stork Violin Concerto" is derived from a well-known Taiwanese children's folk song, and the white stork is known by children all around the world. The stork brings new life, and as an endangered species, it is a symbol of the danger that human beings face as we continue to deplete our environment.

Like the stork, the "White Stock Violin Concerto" music is simple. Storks always fly, eat and rest together. They are the visitors of rivers and small lakes, taking advantage of the beauty and plenty fullness of nature. The violin, throughout this song, makes a simple declaration, and like the stork, is continually singing and moving forward, flying to the highest peaks.

The Concerto itself expresses tears for the decline of life in nature and the resulting diminished hope and joy. In the end, the Cadenza is telling children, even under these circumstances, how these birds can still open their wings to access what is left as the best of nature.

大地的呼喚 (台灣民謠交響詩第一號) THE CALL FROM EARTH (TAIWAN FOLK SONG SYMPHONIC POEM NO. 1) 獻給聯合國 Dedicated to the United Nations First Movement: Song of the Ploughman

For the past four hundred years, Taiwanese have shed their blood and sweat, laboring to plough and harvest. After the harvest, in the joyful ceremony to welcome the gods, the ploughmen offer song and dance. Among the delightful laughter and beautiful love songs, they describe the passion and jubilation in their hearts for their motherland. The Song of Ploughman narrates the musical theme, nourishing the ploughmens' unusual poise and spirit like the flowers that grow and the birds that sing on the beautiful island of Taiwan. The environment reflects the peaceful and optimistic character which is behind the hard working nature of the Taiwanese. They never forget to share their joy and gratitude to the land.

Second Movement: Song of the Cradle

In the Song of the Cradle, the charming, sweet and delicate lullaby, the Taiwanese describe their genuine and eager heart toward the motherland. The dreamlike fantasy of the second movement warmly and lovingly expresses the secret of Taiwan, the mother of the Taiwanese. Its name is -- "Formosa" -- "beautiful island".

Third Movement: Tune of Anticipation

The humorous and cheerful rhythm of the third movement tells of the Chinese ancestors of the Taiwanese, struggling and staking their lives to cross the black water ditch (the Taiwan Strait). At the end of the poem, the Taiwanese ancestors have safely landed on the island, to cultivate the land as pioneers through hardship, and then, to dance joyfully. This knowledge of their ancestors now encourages the Taiwanese to again struggle and stake their lives to gain back control over their fate and create a new society.

Song of the Ploughman
With the bamboo hat on my head
to shelter from the burning sun,
holding the plow in my hands
walking through the water rice field.

Oh my dear plow, working with me
all day under the scorching sun,
all my body sweating
we are working together to plow this harsh land.

Paddling the water-wheel with my feet
by the sluice gate,
holding the plow in my hands
at dawn when the sky is still gray.
O my dear plow, working with me,
the icy water pierces through my body in the early morning
we are toiling together to plow our own land.

Song of the Cradle

Rock by rock,
rocking my dear baby.
Baby is going to sleep
so fond of rocking close to me.

Tune of Anticipation

In my lottery box there are three lots, and
Taiwanese people want to choose their lot.
Being the slaves of dictatorship for three-hundred years,
we now are changing our fate!
Our fortunes are in our hands!
No time to wait to break through!


下半場節目 小汽球夢的旅行 - 聲樂和管弦樂 台語兒童環保音樂作品 故事:林榮德 歌詞:許大江•鄭華美 合唱團指揮:許鴻玉•羅蕙蘭 女高音:陳麗嬋 女中音:楊艾琳 男高音:曾維民 鋼 琴:林安里 小提琴:詹曉昀 大木琴:楊怡萍 台語說白:劉昭惠 英文說白:郭慈安
1. Overture 序曲 2. So Many Pretty Little Balloons 許多美麗的小汽球 3. Song of Good Morning 早安歌 4. Song of A Little Garden 小花圃之歌 5. The Vision of Spring 春天的憧憬 6. Song of Little Fishes 小魚之歌 7. Strawman 稻草人 8. Hide and Seek 躲姑找 9. Fly a Kite 放風吹 10. The Night of 15th Day of First Lunar Month is the Lantern Festival 正月十五是元宵 11. Lonely Night 孤單的晚暝 12. Home of Birds 小鳥家園 13. So Long, Little Balloon 再會吧 14. A Little Hare 小白兔 15. A Season of Rich Harvest 豐收季 16. Enjoying Moonlight Dance 賞月舞 17. A Large Chimney 大煙囪 18. Big Barrels and Small Barrels 大圓桶小圓桶 19. Our Beloved Taiwan 台灣!台灣!咱台灣! 20. Coda(So Many Pretty Little Balloons) 尾聲(許多美麗小汽球)

小氣球夢的旅行

有一天早上,在台灣某一個城市的郊區,建築一座小朋友的遊樂園地,那兒有一大片草坪,草坪上 開滿了各種不同顏色的花;在這塊花園廣場上,有一群穿著淺黃色上衣、淡青色短褲的小朋友,他 們正踏著輕快的腳步,在廣場上做遊戲。每一位小朋友手上都拿著一條細細的小繩子,繩子的尾端 飄著一個小氣球,紅的、綠的、藍的、黃的、紫的,樣樣都有。每一個小氣球隨著小朋友腳步的一 陣一陣的跳動,它們也東飄西蕩浮上浮下地,像是彩色的浪花翻動;這時小朋友一齊唱著「一個美 麗小氣球」的歌。

風輕輕地吹來,突然,有一個特別大的橙色的氣球,掙脫了捏著它的小手,飄到空中去了;這時候 大家都停下來,抬頭看著,用手指著小氣球,齊聲呼著說:「好漂亮的小氣球,它要飛走了!」 「好漂亮的小氣球,別飛走呀!」,小氣球正像飛出籠外的小鳥一樣,覺得好自由好自在,飛呀飛 呀,有如長了一雙翅膀的「小天使」一樣,它想飛到外邊的世界去看看,這是小氣球一直的夢想! 現在小氣球開始它夢想的旅行。

音樂:序曲

旅程的開始:許多美麗小氣球


小氣球乘著風的翅膀,開始它的旅程。它飛離了熱鬧的花園廣場,飛過了一片綠色的草地,眼前是 一個用竹籬笆圍成的小花圃,裡邊栽滿了從泥土裡長出的小花朵,旁邊還長著小青菜,小氣球看嚇 一跳,原來它以為小花朵是由花瓶裡長大的,它還以為小青菜是工廠製造的呢!花圃裡一閃一閃地 是小蝴蝶在那兒打著歡迎的信號,小氣球和小花朵、小青菜、小蝴蝶一一打了招呼,道聲「早安」 (早安歌)。

早安歌 美麗的小花園有可愛的小蝴蝶來拜訪 小蝴蝶向花每一朵花說:你們早(台語賢早) 小蝴蝶向花的王后玫瑰說:早安! 小蝴蝶向仙女般的蘭花說:早安! 小蝴蝶向聖潔的水蓮花說:早安! 小蝴蝶向每一朵花說:你們早! 小蝴蝶向誠摯的鬱金香說:早安! 小蝴蝶向古錐的櫻仔花說:早安! 小蝴蝶向丁香、紫羅蘭、白牡丹、菊花........ 小蝴蝶向所有的花說:大家早安!

小氣球正想離開時,迎面來了一個小園丁,肩上擔著水桶,小氣球也連忙和小園丁說:「小園丁, 您早!」然後又輕飄飄地飛向晴空,溫和的陽光照著小氣球。

小花圃之歌 小花圃,褐色的泥土, 小花圃,好多的用處, 它能開紅花也能長樹木, 小園丁,早上到下午, 小園丁,工作不怕苦, 他想種青菜也想種蕃薯, 有蕃薯,生活才富足。

它在花圃上空翻滾滑行,身上也沾滿了花香,一陣風來又將小氣球飄得更高,它漸漸飛近花圃旁邊 的一株老松樹。老松樹一臉蒼翠的鬍鬚,鬍鬚和頭髮都混在一起了,有一群白頭翁停在老松樹的枝 子上,啁啁啾啾地不知聊些什麼,白頭翁白白的小帽子,逗逗點點,好像是老松樹的鬍鬚沾滿了沒 擦乾淨的麵包屑。小氣球越看越好玩,它向老松樹點點頭,又慢慢地飄向一片原野;寬闊的原野有 一條銀色的小河流,樣子就如一條很藍色的皮帶。小氣球聞到一種清新的、甜甜的氣息,小河邊的 草木一層層淺綠色,喲!小樹枝都吐出了新葉子,小草芽也鑽出地面來,小花蕾向小氣球輕輕地招 手。小氣球知道春天已經來了,大家等待很久的春天已經來了。

春天的憧憬 春天已經來臨 到處都青翠 河岸染滿了好幾種顏色 花兒針繡大地 小鳥的歌聲 在低處婉囀 在高處亮麗! 我 憧憬著你美麗的臉龐 夢想著你晶瑩的眼珠 舒展開來春天醉人的一片氣息 春天來臨從你迷人的目睭 綻開一片無限的光采。 (音樂):春天的憧憬

「春天已經來了!」小氣球在心底歡呼;小氣球飛近了溪流,小魚兒們都爭相向小氣球點頭,使平 靜的水面皺起一圈圈的小漩渦;小氣球透過清澈的水流,看到河底的石塊和泥沙,一群群小魚在水 草間捉迷藏,鑽過來又鑽過去..........

小魚之歌 細尾魚兒,細尾魚兒,水中泅, 泅來泅去,很快樂, 膜肚餓吃蟲,倦了睡石頭, 很快樂,很快樂,水中生活真自由。
小氣球沿著水流的方向,慢慢地飄過去,並一一向小魚群打招呼,正好有一陣風來又將小氣球載送 到南方的一片田野上。小氣球放眼望去,前面正是一片片的稻田,不遠的地方正站著一個稻草人, 穿著花格子上衣,頸部還繫著一條紅圍巾;稻草人一隻手拿著一支長長的竹竿。小氣球向稻草人喊 說:「喂!稻草人,你今年換了新衣服、新帽子嗎?看起來好漂亮喲!稻草人手中的長竹竿從小氣 球底下滑過去,像是指揮著交通的警察的手勢,非常神氣,「稻草人!稻草人!」小氣球又喊著: 「你今年要特別小心那些愛嘰哩咕嚕的小麻雀,警告牠們想來偷吃稻子是不行的!」稻草人的草帽 幌一幌,小氣球忽然聽到一陣陣輕快的歌聲由四面傳來。
  小孩說白: 稻草 稻草 稻草人 稻草圈紅銅 嘸驚風吹 嘸驚日曬 舉一支竹篙 趕厝角鳥仔 趕夢冬(雲雀)。 大人說白: 稻草人,稻草人,守在太陽下, 不怕風吹,也不怕雨打, 你只要我們快快長大。 稻草人,稻草人,包著十字架, 趕走小麻雀,像個好警察, 你只要我們快快長大。

小氣球向稻草人和秧苗說再見,來到一片小山坡,山坡草坪上有牛群在那兒吃草;小氣球看到一隻 很可愛的小乳牛,還依偎著牛媽媽身邊吸著奶,「哈囉,小牛!」,「哇!這是什麼東西?」小牛 從來沒有見過小氣球,兩個眼睛瞪得圓鼓鼓的,看著飄浮在半空中的小氣球。牛媽媽在一旁說: 「喂!小氣球,你怎麼一個人出來玩?你的小主人呢?他怎麼沒跟著你出來玩?」小氣球說:「我 離開了我的小主人,我喜歡到處去旅行,我又認識了許多新朋友..........,」,沒多久又一陣 風吹來,小氣球不得不向牛群說再見,繼續它的旅程。 小氣球來到一塊陌生的空地廣場,看見很細漢的囝仔在玩〝躲姑找〞(默劇);許多小朋友打著赤 腳,正在玩棒球;旁邊有另一群小孩在放風箏,風箏的細線拖得好長好高,小氣球往上看。哇!風 箏好像要碰到白雲了。

放風吹 風吹,風吹,天頂飛,風吹,風吹,天頂飛, 風卡大,飛上天,風停了,墮落地, 風吹,風吹,天頂飛, 線放開,飛上天,飛上天, 線拉緊,P落地,P落地。
躲姑找 林投戴斗 目蚤家蚤 家蚤無匿 老公保庇 翁仔頭 唧─噈

小氣球越飛越高,終於翻過了一座小山又飛過一片樹林,天色漸漸暗下來,原來太陽已快下山了。 小氣球看見底下是一片森林,一陣涼涼的風從上邊壓下來,小氣球的身子一直往下滑,往下溜,樹 葉擦在它的身上,樹枝刮著小氣球的臉,沒想到一個不留神,小氣球的紅繩子竟勾在一枝樹枝上, 無論小氣球怎樣用力掙脫也脫不掉,眼看四週越來越暗,風又停了,不見得會有什麼東西來幫忙小 氣球,小氣球只好順其自然地在這片森林的樹梢度過一夜了。小氣球覺得很孤獨,忽然想到平時和 它一起遊玩的小主人,想到小主人的溫溫的手摸在它身上的感覺,它希望現在有小主人和它作 伴....,它輕輕地哼著夜晚的歌。

孤單的夜晚 孤單的夜晚,只有我一人, 黑暗的世界,使我想起, 我可愛的親人;我可愛的親人, 雖然,外面是一片黑暗, 但是,您依舊活在我內心, 每想起您,我就不會覺得無伴。

一陣風吹過了涼爽的春意,突然有一陣歌聲,自遠遠的地方傳來,有一群小孩隊伍,他們手中都拿 著一支可愛的小燈籠,大家正唱著優美的〝正月十五是元宵〞。

正月十五是元宵 正月十五是元宵, 舞獅迎龍放紙炮, 迎龍舞獅,舞獅迎龍, 大鑼大鼓,弄卡叮咚嚎。

不知過了多久,一陣吱嘰啁啾的聲音把小氣球吵醒了,在整個森林的枝葉間,停滿了大大小小的鳥 兒,太陽已從東邊山頭探出臉來,森林裡的霧氣漸漸散開,鳥兒的叫聲合成整齊的歌聲:

小鳥家園 在這片廣大的森林裡, 有一個可愛的小鳥家園; 自由自在自由自在, 只要你有細隻鳥仔彼款的心地, 阮攏會歡迎你,歡迎你, 歡迎加入樹林的可愛家園。

鳥兒的歌聲一陣又一陣地在森林裡傳來傳去,這些奇妙的歌聲,小氣球從來也沒有聽過,小氣球激 動地喊著:「喲!太好聽了,太好聽了!」小氣球忘了自己仍被勾在樹梢,他幾乎想跳下來和小鳥 們一起遊玩呢!小鳥們看到小氣球可愛的模樣,就一齊圍攏過來:「你是誰?你是什麼鳥?怎麼一 大早就掛在樹梢?你想加入我們小鳥家園嗎?」,小氣球說出它夢想的旅行,它一路上所遇見的所 有好朋友,最後小氣球才不好意思地說:「我的小繩子給樹枝卡住了,請您們幫我解開,好讓我繼 續我的旅程!」,有四、五隻小鸚鵡連忙用尖尖的嘴,啄出纏在枝子的繩子,並且一大群斑鳩和白 鴿子在一邊振動著翅膀,扇起一陣涼快的風,小氣球已經浮在森林的上方,它又能自由地飛翔了。 天空傳來小鳥們所唱的「再會歌」,小氣球內心充滿了喜悅!

再會吧! 再會吧!可愛的小朋友, 再會吧!可愛的小氣球, 你和我一樣自由自在, 我們都追求遠大的理想, 再會吧!再會吧!小氣球。

小氣球經過一晚的休息,精神十足地在大氣流中滑行。它感覺到陽光越來越強,天氣越來越熱,曬 得它身子發脹起來,趕緊找一塊涼快的大榕樹的樹蔭來躲躲太陽,這次它很小心,不再讓細繩子纏 住樹枝;突然,小氣球看到在大榕樹底下,跳出了一隻小白兔,兩片長長的耳朵,紅冬冬的眼睛, 小巧的前肢,強壯的後腿一蹦一跳,接著後面又圍上來四、五個小孩,將小白兔包圍,小孩只將手 掌撫著小白兔的皮毛,大家齊聲唱著:

小白兔(兔仔子) 紅目睭、白皮毛, 兔仔子、相貌好, 後腳長又大,前腳短又細, 行著路來跳一下,又跳一下,又再跳一下,真古錐,真古錐。

小氣球趁著小孩唱著「兔仔子」時,悄悄地從榕樹葉子間飛上空中。它又看到一片綠綠的稻田,也 看到一片片的果園,小氣球飛到果園的上頭,看到結在枝頭的果子一串又一串,小氣球飛到稻田的 上方,看到這些南方的稻子已快結穗了,當它飛近時,聽到一陣輕快的歌聲傳來:

豐收季 太陽溫溫地照著,我們內心充滿希望, 雨滴細細地下著,滋養我們快快成長, 這是一片富饒的園地, 日出日落,我們期待一個豐收季。 雨霧迷迷地飄著,我們內心充滿希望, 和風微微地吹著,滋養我們快快成長, 這是一片富饒的園地, 春去秋來,轉眼就是一個豐收季!

小氣球知道,這些果園將都會有纍纍的果實,滿地的稻田,都是閃亮的黃金色的稻穀,人們會有一 個大豐收,這是多麼快樂的景象!

小氣球又繼續在空中飄行,陽光不再像早先那麼強烈;小氣球忽然注意到遠處的天空蹲擠著奇怪的 雲團,雲團一個個像穿著灰污污的衣服,有的彎著腰、有的趴著圓胖的肚子、有的捲曲著腫大的四 肢,彼此伏靠在一起,緩緩地移動;小氣球飛近一看,原來有兩支大煙囪,正排放出一股股濃濃灰 黑色的氣體,煙霧團團糾纏在一起,慢慢順著風勢飄過來;小氣球漸漸聞到一股辛澀澀很難受的味 道,小氣球趕快連翻幾個身躲開來。小氣球聽到了這些雲群以低沈的聲音唱著:

大煙囪之歌 大煙囪,你黑黑的鼻空, 呼出的空氣真是有夠驚人, 嘸免講你污染了天空, 連太陽也乎你薰卡眼紅, 嘸是阮無歡喜恁做工, 曲是咱攏需要一個清氣的天空。

小氣球飛離了有刺激味道的雲堆,它又看到一條緩緩流向大海的河川;在河岸邊一處處有許多奇形 怪狀的大小圓桶子,有一些上下左右搭連相通的管子,這些管子的開口正不斷地流出青青紫紫的怪 水,灌入這條河川。。小氣球這時才查覺到在這兒一點也聽不到鳥語、也聞不到花香;河岸兩邊的 小草疏疏細細地都是黃褐色;小氣球聽不到一點小魚在河裡的歌聲,倒是輕輕弱弱地聽到呻吟似的 聲音,原來是岸邊一些變色的石頭和枯草正唱著:

大圓桶 小圓桶 大圓桶 小圓桶 人人都說你有用, 如今卻真叫我們頭痛, 大圓桶 小圓桶 人人都說你有用, 如今吐出的東西叫人發愁, 河裡的魚群逃得空空, 大海被你弄得鼻青眼腫, 不是我們不喜歡你們做工, 實在是台灣的土地,青翠的草木就要保護,源源到永遠。

小氣球剛剛經歷了快樂的豐收季,又馬上碰見這一副完全相反的景像,天空和大地充滿了生氣痛苦 的聲音,為什麼差別這麼大呢?它的內心有很多疑問:為什麼有的地方是充滿自由快樂、有的地方 卻是痛苦悲哀?為什麼有些地方很熱鬧活潑、有些地方很孤單冷清?這世界真是這麼複雜嗎?沒多 久,小氣球發覺它已飛到了一個城市的上空..........


高樓一排排地聳立,街道筆直地交叉又分開,汽車一輛接一輛,隨著紅燈就停下來,綠燈亮了又慢 慢移動。大廈的牆壁是一面面的玻璃窗,它們都是緊閉著,小氣球順著玻璃輕輕地滑下來,它看到 旁邊就有一所小學校,學校的操場有小朋友在踢球、玩遊戲,一間間教室裡小朋友有的在寫字、有 的在讀書,更有一間很大教室,一群小朋友正高聲地唱著:

台灣!台灣!咱台灣! 台灣 台灣 咱台灣 海真闊 山真高 大船小船過路關 遠來人客講你美 日月潭 阿里山 草木不時青跳跳 白鴒鷥過水田 水牛尻背烏秋憩 好真好 當讚美 人人稱你美麗島 台灣 台灣 咱台灣 人溫和 生產好 稻仔甘蔗及樟腦 茶葉蕃薯各家戶 多少生產 無講無 人情溫暖真正厚 甘心拖磨無叫苦 生疏外人相照顧 好真好 當讚美 人人稱你美麗島

小氣球隨著音樂的節奏,移動它圓圓的身子,小朋友唱完歌以後,突然抬起頭來看到從窗口飄過的 小氣球,都紛紛探出頭、手指著說:「你看,小氣球,一個美麗漂亮的小氣球..........」小氣 球知道這些小朋友都是它很要好的朋友,但是小氣球它覺得它應該回去原來小主人的身邊,它又飛 到一間牆壁有大面鏡子的舞蹈教室窗外,小氣球看到許多可愛的小娃娃穿著舞蹈服裝,在那兒隨著 音樂旋律,一彎一蹲、一轉一跳地跳舞..........


小氣球停在窗口外,專心地欣賞了這段美妙的音樂和曼妙的舞姿,當音樂停下來,那些跳舞的小娃 娃靜下身子,也都看到可愛的小氣球,她們都走近窗口說:「不知那兒飛來這個美麗的小氣球」, 不久音樂一陣陣傳來,小娃娃又一個個跳起舞來,小氣球忽然聽到一種熟悉的音響,喲!那是小鐘 琴的聲音,那兒一定是我的小主人在的地方,我要飛去找他,我不要再離開他了...小氣球沿著聲 音一路找...


THE DREAM JOURNEY OF THE LITTLE BALLOON

SCENE ONE -- A big city playground is covered with young grass and surrounded with bushes and a variety of flowers. The playground was built for children.

On a certain day, a little balloon is dreaming of a journey. On that morning, children in their school dress -- light yellow shirts and blue shorts and skirts crowd together on the meadow. They are playing and laughing. Each has a fine string in their hands and at the top of those strings are colorful balloons which dance in the wind in the rhythm of the hopping of the children. And at the same time, they are singing the song of "The Dream Journey of the Little Balloon".

Suddenly, as the wind is softly blowing, an orange balloon gets free from the hand of a child and floats up and up into the sky. At this moment, all of the children stop what they are doing and lift their eyes to look at the floating balloon. Some shout, "It's gone with the wind", and the child who has lost the balloon cries, "Don't go, my little balloon!" The little balloon pays no attention. Riding on the wind, the little balloon feels more and more comfortable, and pretends it is a bird now free from its cage. It flies and flies delightedly, like an angel with white wings, remarking how lovely the world is and looking forward to the journey he is about to make. This is the beginning of his dream.

Music: Overture

SCENE TWO -- The beginning of the journey.

Music: So Many Pretty Little Balloons


The Little Balloon flies away from the bustling playground, over a town and cultivated lands to a small garden fenced with bamboo filled with flowers and vegetables. Surprised to see the flowers and vegetables not grown in vases nor manufactured, a butterfly catches his attention, saying, "Hi, good morning." Her voice is like the sound of a silverbell.

Music: Song Of Good Morning The fair garden is visited by beautiful butterflies, making matches of pistils and stamens. The butterflies say to every flower "good morning", The butterflies say to the queen of the roses "good morning", The butterflies say to the fair orchid "good morning", The butterflies say to the pure water lily "good morning", The butterflies say to the sincere tulips "good morning", The butterflies say to the cute cherry blossoms "good morning", The butterflies say to the lilac, violet, peony, and chrysanthemum "good morning". The butterflies say to every flower "good morning"

As the Little Balloon is leaving the garden, he sees the gardener, shouldering a bar with two buckets. Bidding farewell to the garden, the butterflies and the gardener, the Little Balloon floats into the clear sky in the middle of a sunbeam shining through on the garden.

Music: Song of the Garden The small garden with brown soil. The small garden has many uses, it Can grow large trees and with red blossoms. From the early morning, the gardener is not afraid of the toil. He grows vegetables and sweet potatoes, With vegetable and sweet potatoes, life is rich..

A sudden gust of wind fills the air with the fragrance of flowers as it causes the Little Balloon to fly higher and higher. The Little Balloon is going toward an old pine tree on the hill. Its old beard-like thick leaves are mixed together. Several owls are sitting on the branches. Their tiny white, hat-like spots look like crumbs sticking on the grandfather pine's beard. This sight made the Little Balloon quite happy as he nods his head to the pine tree.

As the Little Balloon nears the foot of the hill, he sees a river winding its way like a long, long blue ribbon. The Little Balloon can smell the clean, sweet aroma coming from somewhere. Oh! young leaves are beginning to sprout out on the branches of trees. New grass is growing from the earth, and flower buds are gently waiving in the wind. The Little Balloon is happy with this landscape, and hails to the world that "Spring is coming".

Music: The Vision of Spring Spring has come, everywhere is green and fresh. Different colors are embellished on the banks of rivers and on the earth. Birds are singing their melodious songs. I imagine your fair cheeks, And dream of your sparkling eyes. The Spring has such charming qualifies, Splendid spring comes to our pleasing eyes.

The Little Balloon flies near the river. On the surface of the water, ripples are being made by fish. The Little Balloon sees rocks and sand under the crystal-clear water, in which schools of fish is leisurely swimming everywhere.

Music: Song of Little Fishes Fish, fish, swimming in water. Joyfully swimming to and fro. Feeding on plankton when hungry, Sleeping on rocks when weary. Being really free swimming in the river.

The Little Balloon slowly floats along the river to say hello to the fish. Then, a gust of wind brings the Little Balloon above a green field. He takes in the broad view of a rice field in front of him, spotting a strawman, with a long pole in his hands and dressed in a checkered coat, a straw hat and a red scarf. The Little Balloon calls to the strawman: "Hi, strawman, you have new clothes, haven't you? You looked so wonderful when you were dressed like a policeman" The strawman did not answer, exhibiting an air of complacency. The little balloon called again, "You should warn those sparrows that they should not to be too greedy!" The strawman keeps waving in the wind, seemly to say: "No problem!"

Meanwhile, there is singing about the "Strawman",

Narration, with the children Straw, straw, strawman, stained with mud, Neither afraid of wind, nor sun. Rising a pole to expel the skylark and the sparrow. Narration, with adults Strawman, strawman, standing guard under the sun, Not daunted by wind and rain. Just helping the rice to grow up. Strawman, strawman wrapped in a checkered coat, Driving out sparrows like a cop, Just helping the rice to grow up.

The Little Balloon took leave of the strawman and rice seedlings, coming to a hill where many cows were eating. A young cow is sucking the milk of its mother. The Little Balloon floats down to say hello to the young cow, who was frightened when he heard his voice having never seen a balloon before. Then the mother cow said, "Hi, are you alone? Where is your master?" "I left him to travel all around the world", said the Little Balloon, "and have made many friends". Just then, the wind began to blow and the Little Balloon had to say good-bye. "Very nice to meet you, you are so lucky to be able to play on this field."

Then the Little Balloon arrives at a square, where he can see children playing baseball in barefoot, hide and seek and other games. Some children are flying kites, almost reaching the constantly changing clouds.

Music: Fly a Kite Kite, kite, fly in the sky. Kite, kite, fly in the sky. Wind so strong, fly in the sky. When the wind stops, you fall to the ground. Wind blows, wind blows, in air the kites float.. Loosing the string, the kite flies higher. Holding tightly, it won't fall down, won't fall down.
Music: Hide and Seek Na-Dou Di-Dow Fleas and roaches A roach doesn't hide God Bless Puppets, Gii- Chu

The Little Balloon flies over a hill and reaches a forest when the sun is going down. The Little Balloon feels a gust of cool wind coming that brings him down near the ground. Unfortunately, his thread entangles on a twig and he cannot flee from it. It is dark, nothing can help him. Suddenly, he feels lonely, thinking of his young master and his warm hands. At this moment, the Little Balloon wishes his young master could keep company, so the little balloon sings in the dark.

Music: Lonely Night In the lonely night only myself. The black world reminds me of My family; my lovely family. Though surrounded by the darkness, You still in my mind. When I remember you, I have no loneliness.

All is silent until a voice in harmony comes from the distance. For a while, as he is singing and listening, he makes out the voices several children coming toward him with lanterns in their hands. Then he remembers, today is the Lantern Festival - - the first moon on the 15th day of January, and he falls asleep.

As the day is dawning, the sun rises and the fog in the trees is disappearing. Many birds sing in the trees and wake the Little Balloon.

Music: Home of the Birds The vast forest is a happy home of the birds, In which they play freely And happily chant We welcome, welcome you. To the home of birds.

The voices of the birds spread out widely in the forest. The Little Balloon has never heard such beautiful singing. He excitedly calls out: "Wonderful! Wonderful!" Forgetting he is caught on a twig, the Little Balloon wants to play with the birds immediately. Every bird is talking to him. "Who are you?" "What kind of bird are you?" "Why are you on the twig?" "Will you come to play with us?" The lonesome little balloon is unexpectedly surprised by so many birds. Almost too excited to speak, the Little Balloon tells the birds of his dream journey and asks if they could please untie the string so that he can continue his journey.

Several parrots help to untie the string and the Little Balloon slowly floats up helped by the wind which made from the many birds who are flapping their wings. Several birds stay with the Little Balloon for a while, and as the birds sing a good- bye song, the Little Balloon is filled with pleasures.

Music: So Long, Little Balloon Let us meet again! So long! My beloved friend. So long! My lovely balloon. You and me are free. We're pursuing our vision. So long! So long! My little balloon.

The Little Balloon feels very good as he renews his journey until the sun becomes warmer, making the Little Balloon expand and grow larger. The cool off, the Little Balloon hides himself under a prospering banyan tree. but this time he is very careful to avoid any branches. Unexpectedly, he sees a hare, with long ears and red eyes who is surrounded by five children. The children pass their hands over its fur, singing gladly.

Music: A Little Hare Red eyes, white skin. Young hare is good-looking. With big back feet and thin front foot, the hare Jumps and jumps when it walking.
The little balloon floats up with the singing voices of "The Little Hare" and sees a farmer who is wearing a bamboo hat. The farmer is bending in a rice field next to a orchard in which many trees are bearing fruits.
Music: A Season of Rich Harvest The sun is shining warmly, instilling hope in our hearts. When raining, vegetables and flowers are growing rapidly. This is an abundant ground. We look forward to a rich harvest, sun rises and sun sets. A moderate breeze blows, giving us hope in our hearts. When raining, everything gets nutrition. This is an abundant ground. Spring is gone and autumn will come. And soon will be a good season.

The Little Balloon is imagining field with bright, golden rice paddies. The sun beams are not so strong now. Suddenly, he notices there are some strange clouds in the distance which look like many fat persons wearing dirty clothes. The Little Balloon is getting closer and closer and he finally sees two large chimneys emitting dirty black smoke with a bad odor. As the Little Balloon tries to avoid the chimneys, he hears a weary voice from the real clouds.

Music: A Large Chimney A large chimney with dark nostrils Breathing with thick and dirty smoke. A large chimney with a big mouth Spiting out weeping stenches. Truly, you contaminate the air, And even the sun has red eyes. We do not want to stop you from working, But only ask for a clear sky.

When the Little Balloon leaves the dirty clouds, he floats toward a river moving slowly to the sea. A few strange barrels lying on the river bank are constantly draining out dark water into the almost dead river. The Little Balloon finds no birds singing and smells no flowers' fragrance here and the grass on the sides of the river are dry and yellow. He can't see any fish, but does hear some groans came from dirty rocks and withered grass.

Music: Big Barrels and Small Barrels Big barrels, small barrels, everybody says, You're useful, but you give us headaches. Big barrels, small barrels, everybody says, You're useful, but you make us worry. You made fishes run away, And the water is no longer blue. We do not want to stop you from working, We just want to keep the grass green.

The Little Balloon had many questions when he saw these situations. He asked himself, "Why are some places happy while others are not?" "Why some places are lonely, but some places are not?" "Is this world really so complicated?"

He now floats under a gray sky, finding that he is above a city with skyscrapers, straight roads, automobiles ruled by traffic lights. Not so far away he sees a school. Children are playing ball in the yard, others are writing and reading in their classes. Other children are singing:

Music: Our Beloved Taiwan Taiwan, Taiwan, Our beloved Taiwan. The sea around us is so vast, the mountains are so high, So many different ships passing through the harbor, Visitors from far-off lands are all praise your spectacular beauty, Sun-Moon Lake, Ah-Li-San(mountain), Grasses and forests are always so green, Storks fly over the water fields, wild birds rest on the back of buffalo, So wonderful and so beautiful, the whole world praise you "Formosa"

The Little Balloon follows the rhythm of this song and moves near the classroom. When he gets some children point: "Look! A little balloon! How lovely!" The little balloon thinks that they are his friends, but he would like to go back to his young master. So, he flies away, passing a room in which lovely girls are dancing!

The Little Balloon stays for a while, watching the girls dance. When the music stops, the girls walk to the window and ask: "Where are you from?" They even invite him to come in. As soon as the music plays again, they dance again. The Little Balloon is going to find his young master and thinks: "I won't leave him again".

Music: Finale: The Dream Journey of the Little Balloon -- variations

My friends, as you know, the Little Balloon is still looking for his young master. Someday when you are playing a piano or studying your schoolwork, there may come a Little Balloon near your window. Don't be surprised. Maybe he just wants you to be his young master, or to tell you about his dream journey.



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