• Symbolism and Text Painting in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo

    Author(s):
    M.Selim Yavuz (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Music and Sound
    Subject(s):
    Historical musicology, Musicology
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    20th Century, 20th century opera, madrigal, Tan Dun
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6FW9J
    Abstract:
    Recent opera repertoire has seen a wide variety of styles in opera composition. Marco Polo represents a rather unique corner of this wide variety. Tan Dun explores a capacious array of influences in this work. Starting from his own roots, Chinese traditional music, he explores European art tradition to some extent. Tan Dun also touches the styles and elements that are present along the journey of Marco Polo. What makes Marco Polo an interesting case study for symbolism is the fact that this opera incorporates so many different allusions and remarks alongside with direct references. Tan Dun does not refrain from using direct references to elements outside of the European art music idiom which were/are generally left as distant allusions when used by Europe-origin composers. This might be because of the confidence brought out by the fact that he is of Chinese origin and the general opinion of European art music community that one should always embrace their own roots. This is, of course, just idle speculation. Here, the article will try to demonstrate aforementioned elements within, with concrete musical examples.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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