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Tan Dun

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Water Passion After St. Matthew (2000),
Work Notes
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Parnassus Productions, Inc. (Tan Dun)
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
1 Hour 30 Minutes
SATB chorus doubling Tibetan percussion
Soprano (doubling Xun), Bass baritone (doubling Xun)
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Programme Note
Tan Dun Water Passion After St. Matthew (2000),
Please note that there are performance restrictions
applicable to this work. Please contact us for additional information.

In my hometown, in ancient times and even in my childhood in the village, the people were always washing rice in the river before they cooked it, and washing their clothes in the river, washing their bodies in the river. I had the experience of living with the water, playing with the water, listening to the water. It was very important to me.

Three or four years ago, when my wife was pregnant, we went to the doctor for an ultrasound, and there I could see this beautiful baby and hear the heart. Suddenly I heard this beautiful water sound and I realized: this is the sound all human beings hear first. At that time I had just gotten the commission for the Water Passion. I said, "I’ve got to start with water"— it’s the beginning, and the beginning is the ending, and the end is the beginning. That’s the meaning of resurrection. Resurrection isn’t just a new life, but a new idea.

—Tan Dun

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