Tan Dun and Water Passion after St. Matthew





Tan Dun, Passion, Chinese music


Tan Dun created ​Water Passion after St. Matthew, written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of J. S. Bach. Not only Tan follows the western tradition to use the texts from the Gospel of Matthew, but he also wrote some texts by himself in this piece, for example, the opening words, “A sound is heard in water, in darkness, the tears are crying for rebirth.” This innovation reflects his respect for tradition and oriental philosophy which is there is no beginning and end of life. 


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How to Cite

Huang, H. (2021). Tan Dun and Water Passion after St. Matthew. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 9(5), 18–22. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol9.iss5.3064