• Tan Dun
  • Nine Songs (1989)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 3perc.2cbn.3 Chinese instrumentalists
  • 20 singer-performers
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • the composer, after Qu Yan (340-277 B.C.).

Programme Note

Nine Songs is non-narrative, based on ancient poems of the same name by the great poet Qu Yuan. Written for performance with dance, music and drama, they are filled with the beauty of nature and the mysteries of shamanistic ritual. The text, a multi-language construction of abstract sound and form, makes an independent but integral contribution to the musical scoring.


Nine Songs Ritual Opera: "Water Spirit"



  • The Operas of Tan Dun
    • The Operas of Tan Dun
    • The music of Chinese American composer Tan Dun invites the listener into a personal sound world that expertly marries Eastern and Western musical traditions.


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