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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Martial Arts Cycle
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Duration
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Chorus
SATB chorus [opt]
Solo Instrument(s)
Violin, Cello, Piano
Programme Note
Tan Dun Martial Arts Cycle
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A cycle of concerti for soloists, orchestra and video based on Tan Dun's award-winning film scores:
1. Crouching Tiger Concerto (cello soloist)
2. The Banquet Concerto (piano soloist)
3. Hero Concerto (violin soloist)
4. The Triple Resurrection (cello, piano, violin soloists)

Formerly known as Martial Arts Trilogy, with a fourth movement added in 2013.
In conversation with Tan Dun about the Martial Arts Trilogy...

What is the Martial Arts Trilogy?
The Trilogy features three different films as one opera or ballet in three acts. It centers on the love and sacrifice of three women for three very different reasons. Each of the film’s leading female characters sacrifices her life for love. In Crouching Tiger the character Jade sacrifices her life for her spiritual love of the wuxia dream. In Hero, the character Snow sacrifices her life for the patriotic love of her country. Lastly in The Banquet, like in Hamlet, Empress Wan sacrifices her life and love for desire and revenge. In the original film soundtrack, the three characters are represented by three musical instruments: cello, piano and violin.

How was the Martial Arts Trilogy created?
The Trilogy was born out of the three greatest romantic martial arts films of our time which were directed by three of its most influential directors: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger), Zhang Yimou (Hero) and Feng Xiaogang (The Banquet). For me, the Martial Arts Trilogy was a preconceived project that started ten years ago and developed into a spiritual drama through three of the most important musicians of our time Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.

What did winning the Oscar and Grammy mean for you?
I have always sought to cross boundaries, disciplines and bring different genres together. The tradition of martial arts was created from Chinese opera in the 19th century. To me, the opera tradition is an ancient form of cinema and cinema is the opera of the future. Winning these awards opened my music up to new audiences, bringing non-traditional concertgoers into the concert hall and the younger generation into the opera house.


Q2 features "Martial Arts Trilogy" on its "The New Canon" program:




Performances
Date
Title
  • 25 APR 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Symphony
    Damian Iorio, conductor
  • 06 MAR 2014
    Trondheim, Norway
    Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
    Tan Dun, conductor

    Other Dates:
    7 March - Trondheim, Norway
  • 22 JUN 2013
    New York, NY
    Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
    Tan Dun, conductor
  • 11 FEB 2013
    Condell Park NSW 2200, Australia
    Sydney Symphony
    Tan Dun, conductor
  • 11 AUG 2012
    Martial Arts Cycle Country Premiere
    Germany
    Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra
    Tan Dun, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 August - Germany
  • 20 NOV 2011
    Japan
    Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Tan Dun, conductor
  • 12 AUG 2011
    Martial Arts Cycle New York Premiere
    New York, NY
    Metropolis Ensemble
    Ryu Goto, violin; Sun Jiyi, piano; Dane Johansen, cello; Tan Dun, conductor

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