Xiao Tai-ran, born in Kaohsiung Fengshan, devoted his life to the incorporation of Taiwanese music into Western music. He was also known as 「Rachmaninov of Taiwan - the last romantic piano poet」.
Master Xiao Tai-ran's creations are like the stars in the night sky, guiding the lost souls home. To commemorate this national treasure musician, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra composed an album so the master's complete innovative ideas could be preserved.
Outstanding local musicians that were of master Xiao's acquaintances were gathered together with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to compose the wonderful chapters that the master wrote.
The song "Mother's Hair" used the nature as a metaphor to describe mothers' hair; and in the memory of a mother's love and life. The song "Father's Pen" praised the fatherly love. Master Xiao's life experience and his love to Taiwan served as an important inspiration towards the violin pieces, the piano trio "Formosa" and the aboriginal piano quintet that he composed. The Orchestra "Angel from Formosa" always draws tears in the audience's eyes. "The Formosa" symphony is master Xiao' attempt in creating modern symphony. The epical piece "1947 Overture", was created during the time when master Xiao was severely sick that death was near. Luckily he has gained recovery and he interpreted it as a sign that God wanted him to finish his work. The hidden message in the song about love and hope acts as a true reflection of master Xiao's humble and warm life.