读书郎 [The Little School Boy] (SSA)
读书郎 Du Shu Lang, translated as The Little School Boy. This piece describes a boy unafraid of the sun and rain, but is scared of not learning anything and thus unable to face his parents at the end of the day. It also espouses education not as a means to be wealthy or famous, but to be good and righteous, so as not to be bullied or enslaved by others. The piece starts off slow with a more traditional approach but soon evolves into an upbeat blend of jazzy Chinese folk, with a fun Gershwin-inspired piano accompaniment.