Piano Concerto (Tan Dun)

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Piano Concerto "The Fire" is the first piano concerto by the Chinese composer Tan Dun. It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Lorin Maazel. Its premiere was given on 9 April 2008, by the Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin in Avery Fisher Hall, New York City. It has an approximate duration of 30 minutes.[1] and is written in three movements:

  1. Lento
  2. Adagio melancholia
  3. Allegretto

The score is published by G. Schirmer.[1] It is scored for two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombone, one tuba, timpani, four percussion, harp, and strings.[1]

It was described by Lang Lang as "very melodic, very rhythmic, and very dramatic."[2] It requires that the pianist uses its fingers, palms, fists, and forearms to play the piece,[3] therefore the pianist was described as a "martial artist of the keyboard".[4]

It was well received by critics and described as a "mishmash of genres".[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Work information: Tan Dun : Piano Concerto: The Fire". Schirmer Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ "News: Tan Dun: Piano Concerto". Schirmer Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ Leung, Cecilia (March–April 2008). "Tan Dun's Piano Concerto to receiveits UK premiere by Lang Lang in April" (PDF). International Piano. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (11 April 2008). "Composer as Celebrity, Musician as Martial Artist". New York: The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. ^ Nordlinger, Jay (11 April 2008). "Tan Dun's Musical Mishmash". New York: The Sun. Retrieved 25 January 2010.