The Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy comprises a trio of concertos: the violin concerto Hero, the cello concerto Crouching Tiger, and the piano concerto The Banquet.
Martial Arts Trilogy features Tan Dun’s musical compositions for three films in which the female protagonists sacrifice their love and life for different reasons: The character Jade, in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, gave her life for her love of the wuxia dream. In Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet, Qing Nü traded life and love for desire and revenge, while in Zhang Yimou’s Hero, the character Snow sacrificed herself for her beloved country.
About Tan Dun
Tan Dun is a Chinese-American composer and conductor who came to prominence with his composition Feng Ya Song for string quartet, which won the Weber Prize in 1983. Other prominent works include Four Secret Roads of Marco Polo, his Internet Symphony, which has reached over 15 million people online as well as the Organic Music Trilogy - Water, Paper, Earth. He has also received some of music’s most coveted honours, including a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and most recently, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.