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  Tan Dun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tan Dun (譚盾 born August 18, 1957) is best known as the Grammy and Oscar award winning composer for the soundtrack of the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero.
Tan Dun was born in Simao, in the Hunan province of China.
In 2000 Dun, along with Sofia Gubaidulina, Osvaldo Golijov, and Wolfgang Rihm, was commissioned by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart project to write a piece for the Passion 2000 project in commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tan_Dun   (518 words)

 BMOP :: Tan Dun
Tan Dun composed a signature theme for the coverage and an elaborate suite that was heard throughout the live telecast around the world as viewers welcomed in the Millennium.
Tan Dun created this new work from the melodic material of the opera, which is influenced both by Chinese opera and twentieth-century rock and pop music.
Tan Dun is currently the artistic director of the Tanglewood Contemporary Festival and the artistic director of the 2000 Festival for the Barbican Centre London.
www.bmop.org /musicians/composer_bio.aspx?cid=102   (905 words)

 The Music Show - 23/08/2003: Tan Dun
Tan Dun was born in China as I mentioned earlier, he lives in New York now, and I suppose these days he is most famous for his music for Aung Lee’s film ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’.
Tan Dun : I think he is the key person who changed me from being a standard Western outstanding composer if I could, to myself, and he’s the first person who really emphasised how important of those Ancient Chinese culture like the "book of divination" the I Ching.
Tan Dun, let’s talk about films because you are suddenly, or not suddenly, but for the last few years, best known as the composer of the music for Ang Lee’s film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
www.abc.net.au /rn/music/mshow/s951914.htm   (1390 words)

 BSO Online Conservatory - Tan Dun - Historical Context
Tan Dun's music unites ritual with the concert hall, orchestra with theater, the ancient Chinese shamanistic traditions with the post-modern Western avant-garde, the sounds and stillness of nature with the babble of the computer age, and, most important of all, music itself with humanity.
Tan Dun's counterpoint is clearly not confined to that of notes but is extended to those of styles, tempos, timbres, dynamics, structures and cultural traditions.
Tan was inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic "ghost operas" of the Chinese peasant culture.
extranet.bso.org /conservatory/textVersion/dun_HC.asp?module=dun   (873 words)

 MUHL 578: Linda Wang - TAN DUN
Tan Dun's music is a vital expression of independence from the weight of Chinese history, and of self-assurance amid contemporary turmoil...Every part of Tan Dun's music is violent as a burst of human blood, yet full of grace, a voice of the soul.
Tan has also gained recognition as a conductor of innovative programming of 20th century music and was recently appointed resident composer/ conductor with BBC Scottish Symphony.
Tan globally diversifies the Chinese idea of a 'spirit opera,' in which performers talk with their own past and future, to include a cross-cultural discussion between Bach and Chinese folk song, Buddhist monks and Shakespeare, Chinese pipa and string quartet, stones and watergong basins.
www.usc.edu /dept/polish_music/578/tandun.html   (2091 words)

 Tan Dun - Composer Essay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Composer Tan Dun * is writing music linking ritual with the concert hall, the avantgarde with ancient spirituality, and -- to the babble of the computer age -- bringing the stillness of nature.
Tan, as one of the few string players available in the province, was called from the countryside to serve as fiddle-player and arranger with the provincial troupe for a year-and-a-half.
Tan Dun is in demand both as a composer and conductor, and his music regularly reaches large audiences at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center in New York, Suntory Hall in Japan, the BBC Proms in London, and the Bastille in Paris.
www.schirmer.com /composers/tan_essay.html   (5222 words)

 Hero [Score] | Tan Dun | "Symphonic Themes from The Qin Dynasty ~ Tan Dun"
Tan Dun straddles the very different worlds of concert music and film score s, winning admirers in both.
While " Hero " has ghostly tendrils of familiarity to Tan Dun's prior work, I believe this soundtrack is unique, stunning and a wonderful auditory companion to the striking visual imagery left in the minds of the cinematic eye.
Tan Dun's "Hero" already suffers a bias in that to most, the different nuances in cultural music is overshadowed by it's lone representation of the asian soundtrack music genre.
www.this-is-great.com /info/xbfffsxsbinxw   (788 words)

 Tan Dun: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
Tan Dun [+] is one of the most influential classical composers to emerge out of China.
Dun had little hope for his future during China's cultural revolution when he was required to plant rice.
Dun's operatic composition, "Marco Polo," with libretto by Paul Griffiths [+], was commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival and premiered at the Munich Biennale in May 1996.
music.com /person/tan_dun/1   (583 words)

 Tan Dun - Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tan Dun's current commissions include a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera and James Levine to premiere in December 2006.
Tan Dun was the music director of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival in 1999 and artistic director of the London Barbican Centre's international festival in 2000.
Tan Dun's manuscript of The Map was acquired recently by Carnegie Hall for its Composers Gallery in New York.
www.schirmer.com /composers/tan_bio.html   (571 words)

 Filmtracks: Hero (Tan Dun)
Dun is not necessarily altering Hero for that specific purpose, but the more warlike nature of this second score causes the brass and percussion to be more recognizable than the dominant string material typically inherent in Dun's writing.
Dun is extremely loyal to his title theme, which may, in the end, be the most pronounced weakness of this score (as well as the previous one), and if the romanticism of this theme in all of its variants does not touch your soul, then you could in for a very long listen.
But Dun does offer the passages of war dedicated to his huge armies, and in cues such as "Warriors" and "At the Emperor's Palace," the KODO Drummers are paired with magnificent single-note blasts of brass, and the fight sequences predictably rely heavily on block-busting and stick-tapping percussion to maintain their rhythmic steam.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/hero.html   (988 words)

 BSO Online Conservatory - Tan Dun - Biography
Composer and conductor Tan Dun was born in Simao, in the Hunan Province of China, on August 18, 1957.
Tan Dun was a violinist and arranger for an opera troupe in Beijing when he heard Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for the first time at age 19.
Tan Dun's music has reached an ever-widening audience through frequent performance and through recordings by such ensembles as the Kronos and Arditti string quartets, the New York Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
extranet.bso.org /conservatory/textVersion/dun_bio.asp?module=dun   (719 words)

 Tan Dun's musical 'map' links past and present   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tan composed the work with the aim of melding the ancient music of his homeland - in Central China's Hunan Province - with contemporary Eastern and Western motifs.
Two decades later, when Tan was invited by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to compose a piece, he remembered the old man and returned to Hunan to look for him.
In Tan's words, in those remote villages, music works as "The Map" by which the villagers find their way home when they become lost, just as someone who is lost will sing to ask the way and listen to the directions he is given.
www.shanghai-star.com.cn /2003/0821/wh28-2.html   (459 words)

 Tan Dun to Write Score for New Zhang Yimou Film
Tan attended the Three Tenors Concert on June 23, acted the next day in director Zhang Yimou's Beijing 2008 Olympic Bid film, for which he also wrote the music score, and then visited the Beijing Olympic Games Bid Committee on June 26.
Tan said the concerto will have a test performance this July in Hong Kong and will then be revised and improved from time to time before its Beijing debut.
Tan is eager to see more and more works of art coming out of the hands of Chinese artists and conquering the hearts of global audiences.
www.china.org.cn /english/MATERIAL/15538.htm   (1114 words)

 Tan Dun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is clear in the music of Tan Dun that sounds are central to the nature in which we live but to which we have not long listened.
Since the release of his opera Marco Polo, Tan Dun has achieved a level of notoriety in the world of contemporary composition that is rarely seen in a composer so young.
Perhaps Tan Dun feels something of the same way; after viewing a Paul Klee exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, he decided to express his feelings in a piece of music.
www.greatquail.com /tan_dun/tan_dun.html   (2480 words)

 Untitled Document
Tan uniquely juxtaposes three heroines of different dramatic genres and unites them as martyrs of sacrificial love: “Yu-Ji,” performed by a Peking Opera actress, portrays “Shi Min” from “Farewell My Concubine,” a Western-style soprano characterizes Shakespeare’s “Juliet,” and “Koharu-san” from “The Love Suicides at Amijima” is portrayed by a Japanese joruri-style puppeteer.
Tan composed a signature theme for the coverage and an elaborate suite that was heard throughout the world as viewers welcomed the new millennium.
Tan continues to revisit these themes in a way that is refreshingly original; the work essentially challenges the audience to seek answers about life, love and spirituality.
www.ffaire.com /pr/psoc/crouchingtiger.html   (1132 words)

 DevASP Tan Dun: Water Passion after St. Matthew Book - B0000787FZ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tan Dun is a composer that intrigues me, but the idea of a Buddhist making understandable this most Christian of stories seemed quite a stretch to me. I shouldn't have worried at all.
Tan Dun was given the Passion according to Matthew.
Tan Dun has long been interested in what he calls "water percussion" - instruments which use water as a significant part of their sounding.
www.devasp.com /store/shop62/pdB0000787FZ/Books_and_Software   (774 words)

 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
On its own, Dun’s score may not be as memorable as many other Far East-flavored scores, but in the film echoes the tempo and setting quite well.
Tan Dun is most noted for for his award winning operas and symphonic compositions.
Tan Dun is also not a complete rookie to the genre of film music having tucked the jazz-flavored score for Fallen into his repetoire already.
www.tracksounds.com /reviews/crouching.htm   (665 words)

 Bitter Love | Dun Tan, Tan Dun, ... | A flower plucked from the void
When he was a youth in his native China, Tan Dun spent a period as a fiddle player for a Beijing opera troupe.
Tan Dun, in his Peony Pavilion, has taken a slightly altered approach -- in melding the superficially disparate sounds of ancient East and modern West, he creates a piece that is, for lack of any other classification, contemporary classical.
As always, Tan's unique music perspectives, distinctively modern though they are, are fulfilled by returning to the original purity and simplicity of the basics and down-to-earth folk music elements.
www.this-is-great.com /info/xbfffffxjxwxbxu   (1326 words)

 Tan Dun - film composer
Tan Dun is a highly regarded Chinese classical composer who studied at the Beijing Conservatory.
Dun has now scored the soundtrack to "The Hero", a martial arts film which has been compared to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
The soundtrack to this is expected to be released in the UK in October 2004 shortly after the film itself which stars Jet Li and will be shown with English subtitles.
www.mfiles.co.uk /Composers/Tan-Dun.htm   (281 words)

 Tan Dun, a Musical Journey Back to Roots
Tan, referring to Friday's show as a "thanks-giving" performance, was excited to present the Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra before an audience of 3000, most of whom were local Miao and Tujia ethnic minority people.
With his music being played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television, Tan Dun was instantly known by global audiences for the music he produced for the Academy Award-winning martial arts fantasy "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", directed by Taiwan-born director Ang Lee in 2001.
Tan said "Crouching Tiger" is his "daughter" because it is more "feminine", while "Hero" is more "masculine" more like a "son".
www.china.org.cn /english/2003/Nov/80663.htm   (879 words)

 Filmtracks: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)
In the East, Dun is most recently famous for the concert he composed and arranged by the name of "Symphony 1997," commemorating the return of control of Hong Kong to China.
Dun adds the bawu, dizi, rawap, and lesser-known waterphone for an almost mystical effect.
Dun's composition can very well be heard as a concert piece, relying heavily on its intense solo performances and intimate treatment of traditional Eastern music.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/crouching_tiger.html?page=print   (779 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Arts reviews | BBCSO/Tan Dun, Royal Albert Hall, London
In a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, Tan Dun's Water Concerto was the most visually spectacular performance of this season's Proms.
Tan Dun gave the orchestra a soundtrack of whoops, thwacks and catchy melodies, but they were reduced to bit-part players.
Tan Dun opened with what must be the weakest orchestral piece of Shostakovich's mature work, the brash, empty Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes.
www.guardian.co.uk /arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1275392,00.html   (348 words)

“[Tan Dun’s new opera] will be unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard on the Metropolitan Opera stage — and will contain sounds that many have never before realized could be music.
To gain insight into Tan Dun's creative process, his history of relentless innovation, and the shaping of his new opera through the award winning journalism of The New York Times.
In 1981, five years before coming to America, Tan visited his native Hunan province, where he encountered an old man drumming on stones and singing to the wind… The composer promised himself one day he would return [but] Tan was too late….
www.tandunonline.com   (435 words)

 Orkestmuziek van Tan Dun
Godzijdank heeft Tan Dun geen strakke fuga geschreven om zijn titelkeuze kracht bij te zetten en duidelijk te maken dat ook het werk van Klee niet gezien moet worden als een gedachteloze verfkwakkerij.
Het 'Chinese' in de muziek van Tan Dun gaat door de studie in de V.S. niet verloren.
Tan Dun die zijn eigen werken dus uitstekend dirigeert, kan zijn doelstelling helemaal waarmaken.
www.nopapers.nl /km/muz2/7/muze0774.html   (841 words)

 MTV.com - Movies - Tan Dun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tan Dun 's elaborate compositions were once quoted by the late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu as being "violent as a burst of human blood, yet full of grace, a voice of the soul." A well-respected avant-garde world music composer, Dun 's ethereal compositions have been recognized through a series of international awards.
The winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for music composition, Dun graduated from Beijing's Central Conservatory and Columbia University in New York and began his career in the Peking Opera after planting rice for two years during the Cultural Revolution.
Named musician of the year in 1997 by the New York Times, Dun 's first film score was for 1988's Pickles Make Me Cry, followed a decade later by the Denzel Washington supernatural thriller Fallen (1998), and later the same year with his composition for the documentary In the Name of the Emperor.
vmu.mtv.com /movies/person/200790/bio.jhtml   (293 words)

 Tan Dun presents new vision in music creation
Tan will conduct the Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing his latest works "Paper Concerto for Paper Percussion and Orchestra" and "The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra".
Tan turns the most mundane elements of our lives, such as a sheet of paper, into creative energy.
The nine movements in "The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra" reveals traces of Tan's memory of his childhood home from festive percussion of the Nuo (a form of masked ritual drama) and the Miao courtship songs to his encounter with an old stone drummer.
www.info.gov.hk /gia/general/200409/06/0906214.htm   (539 words)

 Tan Dun at the Sydney Opera House | allrite's Webworld   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I was very excited to discover that the Chinese composer Tan Dun would be conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing a suite from his score to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Tan Dun's Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra was a lot of fun, both a visual and tonal feast.
Tan Dun's other composition of the night was an arrangement of the music from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
allrite.net /webworld/node/623   (642 words)

 Bitter Love id
This is, after all, a composer who has written music for water and stones, and he exhibits an almost childlike delight in the sensuous appeal of sounds here, in the overlay of traditional Chinese instruments such as pipa with synth beats, cross rhythms, and a panoply of percussion.
However tempting it might be to label Tan's project as "crossover," it displays a depth and artistic integrity not usually associated with the term.
The work is a collage of various individual and seemingly disparate elements of West and East, ritual and sensual, ancient and modern, only that Tan displays them with a sense of assimilation at times, and antithesis at others.
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