Author Archives: Robert Sherman

Obituary: Soong Fu-Yuan

I first met Soong Fu-Yuan about 15 years ago when I received Paul Rutman’s LP of the Poems for Piano. I loved to fuss around with narrative texts on my WQXR broadcasts, usually setting stories to existing recordings, and here was an ideal match, since Soong had actually based his pieces on Chinese places and poems. I can’t recall at the moment whether I asked Soong’s permission ahead of time, or just went ahead and spoke over his music, hoping he wouldn’t be too annoyed with me…