Peony Pavilion
Composer: Tan Dun
Librettist: Tang Xianzu
Translation by
Other Artistic Personnel: Steven Osgood (conductor)
Peter Sellars (director)
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
Premiere Date: May 12, 1998
Producing Company: Vienna Festival
Description: Bridal Du, daughter of Du Baoyan, the provinicial governor of Nan-an, falls asleep in the garden, intoxicated by the springtime. She dreams of meeting a handsome young man. Upon waking, she pines for this dream lover, and languishes with love sickness. Eventually she dies of her longings, and is buried in the garden. Three years later, the young scholar Liu Mengmei finds a portrait of Bridal Du while in the garden, and falls in love with her picture. Faithful to her dream even in death, Bridal Du steps out of the painting; as a wandering ghost she pursues her dream lover. Liu Mengmei helps bring her back to life, and she becomes his wife.
courtesy of G. Schirmer
Character List (Major): BRIDAL DU (Soprano)
LIU MENGMEI (Tenor)
SISTER STONE (Chinese Kun-Opera or Peking-Opera actress)

Musicians
THE JUDGE: Electronic Midi Horn, Xun and Dizi
THE CLERK: Electronic Midi Horn, and Sona (or Kiri, or Taeponso)
THE FLOWER SPIRIT: Pipa
ZHAO: Sampler (or Computer)
SUN: Percussion
Length: 01:50
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Chorus: Baritones, plus all musicians
Orchestration: 6 players, audio CD. 1) Midi hn, Xun, Dizi. 2) Midi hn, Sona[=Kiri or Taeponso]. 3) Pipa. 4) Sampler[=computer]. 5) bangu dm (Chinese Opera dm), Chinese cym, sm gong, lg bdm, water gong, ratchet. 6) dmkit, udo dm (ceram dm w/2 sound holes), maraca, guiro, Chinese cym, brush, bow, flexitone, 4 sm Chinese bells[=finger bells], 2 cowbells (lg, sm). Chinese inst & perf info: Parnassus Productions, Inc
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
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Composer Web Site: http://www.tandunonline.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
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