Tan Dung «organic music» concept for the example of fortepian suite «Memories about eight watercolor paintings»

  • Cao Shiu Postgraduate student, Lviv National Music Academy named after Mykola Lysenko, Lviv (Ukraine).
Keywords: «organic music», traditions, piano suite, experiment, innovation.


To study the concept of «organic music» Tan Dung, the following tasks
were solved: the factors influencing the formation of his work; A general
analysis of creativity and a suite «Memories of eight watercolor paintings»
was performed; defined styles of creativity; the essence of organic music is
explained and the origin of sources of non-typical sounds for musical art is
systematized; The experimental and innovative approaches of composer in
work on musical works are summed up. A set of methods has been used to
achieve the goal and to solve the set tasks: analytical - in the study of
scientific literature; axiological - that allows to reveal value orientations for
the development of own stylistics; systematization - for determining the
techniques of avant-garde music; musicology - for the analysis of the
composer's suite in the aspect of the essence of «organic music». The example
of the piano suite «Memories of the eight watercolor paintings» identified the
style features of Tan Dung's creativity, the most typical of which is the mixing
of musical traditions of the editors, multimedia and theatrical-ritual imagery.
The essence of organic music and the origin of non-typical sources of sound,
which appeared in the use of natural materials, was clarified. The desire for
experimentation and innovation was manifested in the subtle feeling and
imitation of the sounds of nature («music of water», «paper music», «music stones»); in combination of theatrical imagery and timbre of orchestral
(national and European) musical instruments; in capturing the color of sound
effects; in a combination of traditional national and western avant-garde; in
the individuality of the approach to the use of pointillism. The practical value
of the study is the possibility of using its materials in further research on the
problem of «organic music». Originality - in the lead in the study of this
specific phenomenon.


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How to Cite
Shiu, C. (2019). Tan Dung «organic music» concept for the example of fortepian suite «Memories about eight watercolor paintings». Scientific Collections of the Lviv National Music Academy Named After MV Lysenko, (44), 166-179. Retrieved from https://muzuniversum.com/index.php/journal/article/view/40
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