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Tan Dun

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Out of Peking Opera (1994),
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1994
Duration
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Violin
Programme Note
Tan Dun Out of Peking Opera (1994),
Composer Note:

What is out of Peking Opera?

1. The first three bars of this piece are a direct quotation from the 'jing hu’ fiddling of Peking Opera. This is the seed - it unfolds, becomes increasingly abstract, expressionistic, developing power, beauty, and longing.

2. I began this piece when I first came to New York and left behind the ancient continuity of Chinese society. I saw new things, and began to make connections between my own thoughts and the rest of the world. I felt refreshed, lamenting. I started to see my past more clearly. But I'm still not sure if "out of" means farther away, or closer?

In 1987, Out of Peking Opera was written in ambivalence, confronting serialism, being attracted yet doubting that it was the way for me. A second operation was necessary, and finally in 1994 it was completed and out of my mind.

—Tan Dun



  • Ensemble
    Helsinki Philharmonic
    Soloist(s)
    Lin Cho-Liang, Kalevi Olli
    Conductor
    Muhai Tang, Kari Kropsu
    Ondine:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 29 OCT 2009
    Segerstrom Concert Hall
    Colburn Conservatory Orchestra
    Cho-Liang Lin
  • 29 OCT 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Colburn Conservatory Orchestra
    Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Yehuda Gilad, conductor
  • 19 MAY 2007
    Holland
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
    Daniel Hope, violin; Colin Currie, percussion; Tan Dun, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20,21 May - Holland

Reviews
Starting with a straight quotation of a famous Peking Opera tune, Tan's OUT OF PEKING OPERA executes a beautifully judged transition into a musical world that owes much to the violin concertos of Berg, Bartók and Shostakovich. With Cho-Liang Lin as soloist rediscovering Tan's imitations of the traditional Chinese fiddle of the Taiwanese heritage he himself left behind as a child, this performance has an intensity and magic that stays in the mind long after it is over.
Martyn Harry, Gramophone,1/1/0001
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