Tan Dun: Nine Songs
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR603     Release Date: 2007-02-01
Chen Shi-Zheng and solo voices in order of appearance:
Tan Dun, Chen Shi-Zheng, Rugh Flugistaller, Milene Bey, Keith-Frederic Howard, Minako Ohashi, Christine Sperry, Yasuko Yokoshi, Ching Gonzalez

Chorus:
Nien-Mari Chatz, John Eppler, Carol Flamm, Wang Zuo- Xin, James Adlesic, Doug Elkins, Navtej Johar, Margery Segal

Percussion and winds:
Paul Guerguerian, David Anthony, Yiu-Kwong Chung Chinese winds and percussion:
Liu Qi-Chao

Chinese plucked instruments and percussion:
Yao Ann, Tang Liang-Xing Contrabassoon and percussion: Ethan Silverman, Jorge Morera

Xun and percussion:
Tan Dun

Nine Songs is based on ancient poems of the same name by the great poet Qu Yuan. Written for performance with dance, music and drama, they are filled with the beauty of nature and the mysteries of shamanistic ritual. These qualities resonated with me, because they were also part of life in the remote rural area where I grew up. In writing Nine Songs I drew on ideas which Qu Yuan's poetry liberated in me. I learned to begin from the familiar, from the materials I know and love best...

In dramatic structure, Nine Songs is non-narrative, even surreal. The text is a multi-language construction of abstract sound and form, making an independent but integral contribu-tion to the musical scoring. It builds on the ritual form of the original poetry, without dramatic development linking the sections; rather, it is the process of development within each section which is important. The ritual character of the original is also reflected in the score: for example in the opening, the conductor acts as shaman, instructing musician and audience how to begin, and continues to conduct through voice and action.

Through these means, Nine Songs may also express the ancient relationship of nature, spirit and humanity which is the essence of Qu Yuan's poetry. I hope it may bring the openness, the longing, the strong and dark sense of fate, the search for all kinds of beautiful things, to contemporary people in a tortured world.
—Tan Dun October, 1990


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Nine Songs Ensemble and Chorus

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Track Listing

Nine Songs: Sun and Moon
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Nine Songs: River
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Nine Songs: Water Spirit
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Nine Songs: Masters of Fate
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Nine Songs: Echo in The Distance
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Nine Songs: Eclipse
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Nine Songs: In The Mountain
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Nine Songs: Souls of The Fallen
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Nine Songs: Cycles
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