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Music for Tai Chi

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A fluid work composed as a musical counterpart to Tai Chi Chu'an

This lyrical and evocative work was written to accompany an already existing choreography, the short form of the Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Chu'an. The short form, a series of slow meditative movements with poetic names such as "white stork spreads wings" and "carry tiger to mountain," is the foundation for Tai Chi's self-discipline and self-defense. This 15-minute musical work may either be performed on its own, or as a musical accompaniment to the short form.

When performed with a martial artist, the music follows the physical gestures, rather than the other way around, creating a fluid and meditative background to this ancient choreography.

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Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Delivery Method Price Quantity Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, 2 percussionists, piano - Full Score
15'00" M SEA-038-00 Sheet Music
Reviews and Responses: 

"Using the martial art Tai Chi Chu'an as a found object...the composer combined the music with the varying motions of the Tai Chi performer.  This beautiful and calming work was effective both visually and musically."  Ear Magazine


Cornell University Chamber Ensemble - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Ithaca, NY)  * Premiere
New Hampshire Festival Players - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor ~ New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH)

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