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Tan Dun

Publisher: G. Schirmer

On Taoism (1985)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Voice, Bass Clarinet, Contrabassoon
Programme Note
Tan Dun On Taoism (1985)
Composer Note:

This piece was written on the death of my grandmother, after I went back to Hunan to take part in her funeral in the village where I grew up. This Taoist ritual brought back to me the sounds, the movement, the spiritual vibrations from my childhood, forgotten in the many years I was dedicated to learning Western music. I used both instruments and voice to break the artificial law that music must be made of tonal and atonal scales. I wanted to explore sound in many dimensions: microtonal, swimming among frequencies, and expanding timbres as the ink of calligraphy spreads in rice paper.

—Tan Dun

  • Ensemble
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Tan Dun
ON TAOISM is an orchestral piece that marks Tan Dun's symbolic victory over Western orchestra procedures and Western form and melodic patterns, [with its] unique tone color and special otherworldliness.
Stephen Ellis, Fanfare,01/01/0001
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