The martial plan: an interview with composer Tan Dun

By Elizabeth Kerr In Classical, Film

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31st January, 2013
It takes confidence to compare your work to Wagner’s. Composer Tan Dun immediately makes the connection, however, with his Martial Arts Trilogy, which he’ll conduct with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this month to mark Chinese New Year. “It’s a salute to a cycle idea – like the Ring. In the music, there are a lot of things relating to the idea of a cycle like Wagner’s: the use of motifs – a love motif, a water motif, a healing motif. You can hear in the three pieces that certain motifs are very, very close to each other.” Tan sprang to international ...

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