李延年 Li Yannian

李延年 Li Yannian
Li Yannian (Chinese: 李延年; pinyin: Lǐ Yánnián, died 82 BC) was a Chinese musician during the Han Dynasty. Born into a musical family, he became a court musician during Emperor Wu’s reign.

His most famous composition was the song Jiarenqu (literally, The Beauty Song), describing a lady with exceptional beauty. Upon hearing this song, the Emperor did not believe there could be such woman on earth, but his sister Princess Pingyang mentioned Li has a younger sister who could match the description, so Emperor Wu took Li’s sister Li Furen[1] (李夫人) as a concubine. Li Yannian himself allegedly had a homosexual relationship with Emperor Wu. When Emperor re-established the Imperial Music Bureau, Li Yannian was appointed the Chief Musician.

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北方有佳人 Song of the Northern Beauty

Author: -- 李延年 Li Yannian
北方有佳人,
There is a beauty in the northern lands;
绝世而独立。
Unequaled, high above the world she stands.
一顾倾人城,
At her first glance, soldiers would lose their town;
再顾倾人国。
At her second, a monarch would his crown.
宁不知倾城与倾国?
How could the soldiers and monarch neglect their duty?
佳人难再得!
For town and crown are overshadowed by her beauty.

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