• Tan Dun
  • Requiem and Lullaby (from Heaven Earth Mankind) (1997)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 222+bcl.2+cbn/4331/timp.2perc/hp/str
  • Soprano (or Low Bass or children's chorus);string instrument (vc, vn, or Erhu)
  • Soprano (or Low Bass or children's chorus), string instrument (vc, vn, or Erhu)
  • 12 min

Programme Note

Requiem and Lullaby come from the third movement of Symphony 1997 (Heaven Earth Mankind). Based on a vignette adapted from a film soundtrack by Tan Dun, this commemorates those who fought and suffered in wars, especially the Opium War and World War II. In Lullaby, a lamenting parent sings to his child:

Don't cry, Nanjing, my baby.
See all the boats sailing on the swiftly flowing Yangtze.
Give her a kiss if you meet the Moon;
Send him your regards if you see the Sun.

--Mary Lou Humphrey

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