Happy National Day

思念 (Nostalgia) was one of the Singapore Youth Choir’s first commissioned pieces.

This is what composer Leong Yoon Pin (1931-2011) has to say about the work:

Nostalgia is actually about a person – again, the name of a poem – going away from one’s country. Although in person you are away, the heart is difficult to be away. The heart is always coming back.*

On this our 48th National Day, our wish for Singapore is for her to be that country to which our hearts will always come back.

We also remember Leong, who was born on 5 August, and whose works illuminated the way for so many who came after.

*from the National Archives Oral History Centre,  Oral History Interview with Leong Yoon Pin (001490/04), 4 June 1994.

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