• Du Yun
  • A Cockroach's Tarantella (2008)

  • Channel Du Yun Publishing (World)

Commissioned by Chamber Music America

A Cockroach's Tarantella and Zolle may be performed as an evening-length diptych.

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  • Narrator
  • 20 min
  • the composer
  • Chinese, English

Programme Note

Composer note
In 2004, I wrote my first chamber opera, Zolle, which was a story on the afterlife. As I was finishing Zolle, I fabricated another piece that would serve as a life-before fable, which became A Cockroach's Tarantella. At this time, I was living in a government subsidized student apartment. When I would take breaks from my work, particularly in the early hours, I would talk to the many cockroaches that shared my residence. Both stories are steeped in humankind's ubiquitous fascination with regression, the conflict of belonging and alienation, and the resurrection archetype.

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