Nine Songs is non-narrative, based on ancient poems of the same name by the great poet Qu Yuan. Written for performance with dance, music and drama, they are filled with the beauty of nature and the mysteries of shamanistic ritual. The text, a multi-language construction of abstract sound and form, makes an independent but integral contribution to the musical scoring.
“‘Nine Songs’ creates an interesting laboratory experiment for exploring words and their effect on music. Mr. Dun’s melodic line is not just influenced – it is driven by the elastic quality of Chinese speech.”
–Bernard Holland, New York Times, May 15, 1989