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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
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Programme Note
Tan Dun Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999)
Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa is derived from Tan Dun's theater piece Ghost Opera. Set in four movements to be performed without pause, the piece opens with elements of minimalism, includes different styles of American dance rhythms, uses Bach quotations, and highlights Chinese elements drawn out of the pipa solos.

  • Soloist(s)
    Wu Man
    Yuri Bashmet
    Onyx Classics:
  • 13 MAY 2020
    Southam Hall, Ottawa, ON, Canada
    National Arts Centre Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 May - Southam Hall, Ottawa, ON, Canada

In Tan Dun's recent PIPA CONCERTO, a giddy merging of traditions and a leapfrogging through music history, cultural integration is effortless. The pipa may be exotic in Western music, but it is no longer alien. No single work exemplifies Tan's range, which extends from uncompromising experimentalism to populism. The PIPA CONCERTO adapts some of the music he wrote for the experimental GHOST OPERA into a more traditional concerto format. The concerto with its theatrically virtuosic solo part is winning. At its heart is a slow movement in which Bach and Chinese melody seem to make elegant love to each other, and who could resist that?
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times,01/01/0001
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