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【2017/18】2018/06/09 Earth Elegy

A Cry from History - Earth Elegypride.

Cries from the heart reach the heavens. The sounds of souls were suddenly silenced - annihilated - leading into Earth Elegy (also known as The Bombing of Chongqing).

Through traditional Chinese music in large-scale symphonic form, a history of hardship is reenacted. This is the Taiwanese debut of Earth Elegy, composed by China National Traditional Orchestra’s resident composer WANG Danhong with lyrics by CHEN Xinjie and WANG Chuanping. From her unique perspective, WANG Danhong created ten movements, titled The Bombing, Longing, Homeland, The Long March, Scent of the Rice Flower, The Gate of Life and Death, Burning Stones, Night on the Mountain Town, Heaven, and Light of Hope. With music, she reminds the audience of the sadness of war and imparts a vision of learning from history and safeguarding the world of peace.

Earth Elegy consists of multiple musical forms - traditional Chinese music, symphony, and vocals. It demonstrates modern creative approaches while highlighting Chongqing as a distinct setting. In the beginning of the first movement, the energy of the chorus bursts from silence, thunderously inspiring the audience of historical reflection and introspection. In the following movements, from The Bombing to Light of Hope, the spirit of the music shifts from passively suffering to bravely confronting adversities, concluding in wistful contemplation.

Time:2018/06/09 Sat.19:30
Place:Zhongzheng Auditorium, Taipei Zhongshan Hall
Price:300 500 800 1000  Buy Ticket

Conductor: CHENG Li-Pin
Soprano: CHANG Fang-Yu
Baritone: Rios LI
Chorus Coach: CHEN Li-Fen
Taipei Chinese Orchestra
TCO Chorus

WANG Danhong: Earth Elegy