Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle

I heard about the Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle (in Chinese) and was intrigued! Here's some info and a couple of videos:

The Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle
music composed by Burnett Thompson

A mosaic of musical styles, My Love is as a Fever is at once jazz, salsa, Chinese traditional music, rock and roll, and Viennese song form. The Song Cycle includes 10 of the Bard's Sonnets set to music by Burnett Thompson. The work was premiered in Shanghai on April 29, 2011 in Mandarin Chinese.

Le Zhang, Vocalist. Le Zhang is called "a rising young star with a remarkable gift" by Oscar winner Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger) for their collaboration on the Zen Shaolin Project. She is a leader in the wave of Chinese artists who bring the power of traditional Chinese musical arts to the home of American jazz.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Castleton Theatre House
Castleton, VA

Here's a site to hear the sonnets in Chinese

1 comment:

Harry said...

Couldn't believe how good the Chinese versions were. The music was wonderful, but my hat's off to Janet Tan. Writing a sonnet is difficult enough, but to translate it into Mandarin. Wow.