Tan Dun
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1957-08-18
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Tan Dun

Tan Dun Biography (BBC)

Tan Dun reached an enormous worldwide audience in 2000 with his Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; but already before that his concert music had met with an enthusiastic reception in Europe and America as well as in the Far East. He was born and grew up in a village in the Hunan province of China; during the Cultural Revolution he spent two years planting rice.

He developed his musical skills in the local community, and then joined the local Peking Opera troupe. When the Central Conservatory in Beijing was reopened in 1978, he became a student in its composition department; this brought him into contact with visiting teachers including Alexander Goehr, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze and Toru Takemitsu. In 1986 another visiting lecturer, the Chinese-American composer Chou Wen-Chung, arranged for him to continue his studies at Columbia University in New York.

At their conclusion, he decided to remain in the United States, making his home in Manhattan. But he is also a frequent visitor to Europe; he was Composer/ Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 1999, and was also director of a multi-cultural, multi-media festival for the Flemish Radio Orchestra.

Tan Dun’s music blends the mainstream Western tradition and many elements of European modernism with a strong interest in the Chinese musical tradition in which he had grown up – not only its specific instrumental and vocal sounds, but also its basis in melody rather than harmony, and its underlying philosophy. His breakthrough piece, On Taoism, written in Beijing in 1985, and his series of works called Orchestral Theatre reinvent the symphony orchestra as a medium of ritual and meditation. His 1996 opera Marco Polo (which won him the prestigious Grawemeyer Award), has a libretto by the English writer and critic Paul Griffiths about a celebrated early traveller from the West to the East; his Heaven Earth Mankind (Symphony 1997), written for the return of Hong Kong to China, combines a large orchestra and children’s choir with an ancient set of Chinese bells; his 1998 Peony Pavilion, a music-theatre piece on which he collaborated with the director Peter Sellars, is based on a traditional Peking opera; his 2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millennium is a setting of Chinese, European and Biblical texts.

Tan Dun’s Water Concerto belongs to a series of works highlighting natural materials, alongside the Water Passion After St Matthew written for the Bach anniversary in 2000, the 2002 opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul, which makes use of ceramic, stone and paper instruments, and Inventions for Paper Instruments and Orchestra, written for the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Other major works include The Map, a concerto for cello, video and orchestra premiered by Yo-Yo Ma in Boston in February 2003, and Secret Land, for 12 cellos and orchestra, first performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle in June 2004.

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Tan Dun Biography (Wikipedia)

Tan Dun (simplified Chinese: 谭盾; traditional Chinese: 譚盾; pinyin: Tán Dùn,; born 18 August 1957) is a Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, most widely known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His works often incorporate audiovisual elements; use instruments constructed from organic materials, such as paper, water, and stone; and are often inspired by traditional Chinese theatrical and ritual performance. In 2013, he was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has won numerous awards for his works, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA award.

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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1 (Floating Clouds)
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1 (Floating Clouds)
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Floating Clouds (Memories in Watercolour)
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Floating Clouds (Memories in Watercolour)
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Silk Road
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Silk Road
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Violin Concerto No. 3: Fire Ritual - a music ritual for the victims of war
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Violin Concerto No. 3: Fire Ritual - a music ritual for the victims of war
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Violin Concerto No. 1 & 2: Rhapsody and Fantasia
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Violin Concerto No. 1 & 2: Rhapsody and Fantasia
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Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds for Cellphones and Orchestra
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Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds for Cellphones and Orchestra
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The Wolf - Concerto for Double Bass (3rd mvt: Allegro Vivace)
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The Wolf - Concerto for Double Bass (3rd mvt: Allegro Vivace)
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1 (Staccato Beans / Herdboy's Song)
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1 (Staccato Beans / Herdboy's Song)
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The Herdboy’s Song (Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1)
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The Herdboy’s Song (Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1)
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Violin Sonata (from Hero Concerto)
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Violin Sonata (from Hero Concerto)
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Jubilation ( Symphony 1997 Heaven, Earth)
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Jubilation ( Symphony 1997 Heaven, Earth)
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.1 Missing Moon
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.1 Missing Moon
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Concerto for Orchestra (4th mvt - The Forbidden City)
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Concerto for Orchestra (4th mvt - The Forbidden City)
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Symphony 1997 (Heaven, Earth, Mankind): v.Jubilation
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Symphony 1997 (Heaven, Earth, Mankind): v.Jubilation
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.2 Staccato Beans
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.2 Staccato Beans
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The Tears of nature
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The Tears of nature
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The Eternal Vow - from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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The Eternal Vow - from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Internet Symphony No.1 (Eroica)
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Internet Symphony No.1 (Eroica)
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.8 Sunrain
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Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.8 Sunrain
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Eight Memories in Watercolour: No.6 Ancient Burial
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Eight Memories in Watercolour: No.6 Ancient Burial
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The Tears of Nature
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The Tears of Nature
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Floating Clouds (Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.7)
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Floating Clouds (Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1: No.7)
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Internet Symphony No 1, 'Eroica'
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Internet Symphony No 1, 'Eroica'
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Symphony 1997 - Song of Peace
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Symphony 1997 - Song of Peace
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Yi2 - a Guitar Concerto
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Yi2 - a Guitar Concerto
Yo‐Yo Ma
Silk Road from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Silk Road from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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In the Chess Court
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In the Chess Court
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The Eternal Vow
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The Eternal Vow
Studio Orchestra, 谭盾 & Yo‐Yo Ma
Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Studio Orchestra, 谭盾 & Yo‐Yo Ma
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Sunrain (from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent)
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Sunrain (from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent)
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Symphony 1997
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Symphony 1997
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
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For the World (from the soundtrack to Hero)
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For the World (from the soundtrack to Hero)
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, 'A Time Before Love'
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, 'A Time Before Love'
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Main Theme
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Main Theme
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2004: Prom 24
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Royal Albert Hall
2004-08-02T22:03:00
2
Aug
2004

Proms 2004: Prom 24

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1998: Prom 22
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e9z4fx
Royal Albert Hall
1998-08-03T22:03:00
3
Aug
1998

Proms 1998: Prom 22

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1996: Prom 23
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Royal Albert Hall
1996-08-07T22:03:00
7
Aug
1996

Proms 1996: Prom 23

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1995: Prom 24
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/evh5v2
Royal Albert Hall
1995-08-08T22:03:00
8
Aug
1995

Proms 1995: Prom 24

Royal Albert Hall

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