Tan Dun, 1997.
Symphony 1997 - III - Dragon Dance.
Tan Dun has had a vast and diverse history of classical composition. Some might know him best as the composer of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero soundtrack scores. Others might know him best for the work on display here. Symphony 1997 is the work that Tan Dun wrote when commissioned by his native China to mark the re-unification of Hong Kong with mainland China in 1997. The work marks the duality, yet unity of the two entities. In the opening passages of the symphony, the duality is marked by the dragon and the phoenix. These two distinct figures serve as representations of many things; China/Hong Kong, The Emperor/The Empress among them. This piece is a true blending of eastern and western styles along with the "new" and the "old", making it a wonderful piece to mark the ceremony it was commissioned for.
Selected recordings recommended for purchasing:
Premier performance by the Imperial Bells Ensemble w/ Yo-Yo Ma (conducted by Tan Dun) available here.
Artwork: Lei Li // Untitled