Qian Qi

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Qian Qi (traditional Chinese: 錢起; simplified Chinese: 钱起; pinyin: Qián Qǐ; Wade–Giles: Ch'ien Ch'i; 710–782) was a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Three of his poems have been included within the famous anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems. His courtesy name) was Zhongwen (Chinese: 仲文; pinyin: Zhòngwén).


Qian Qi's poems as collected in Three Hundred Tang Poems were translated by Witter Bynner as:

  • "Farewell to a Japanese Buddhist Priest Bound Homeward"
  • "From my Study at the Mouth of the Valley. a Message to Censor Yang"
  • "To my Friend at the Capital Secretary Pei"

Part of one of Qian Qi's poems was used by Gustav Mahler in his Das Lied von der Erde.[1] He is credited under the name Chang Tsi as the author of the original Chinese text for the second movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.[2][3] The movement's title is "Der Einsame im Herbst" in German and "The Lonely Soul of Autumn" in English. The lyrics lament the dying of flowers and the passing of beauty. The inclusion of Qian Qi's poetry in Mahler's work joins him into the company of the other Tang poets whose works Mahler drew upon for this piece: Li Bo, Wang Wei, and Meng Haoran.


Qian Qi flourished in the Wu region of China (modern day Zhejiang and Hubei provinces).

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  1. ^ Quantangshi, 卷236_23 《效古秋夜長》
  2. ^ Freed, Richard (2003-11-20). "About the Composition: Das Lied von der Erde". John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Teng-Leong Chew: The Identity of the Chinese Poem Mahler adapted for "Von der Jugend"" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 

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