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Peony Pavilion
Tan Dun
Tang Xianzu
Translation by Cyril Birch
Steven Osgood (conductor)
Peter Sellars (director)
May 12, 1998
Vienna Festival
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
BRIDAL DU (Soprano)
SISTER STONE (Chinese Kun-Opera or Peking-Opera actress)

THE JUDGE: Electronic Midi Horn, Xun and Dizi
THE CLERK: Electronic Midi Horn, and Sona (or Kiri, or Taeponso)
ZHAO: Sampler (or Computer)
SUN: Percussion
Chorus: Baritones, plus all musicians
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
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