Tan Dun | The Banquet Concerto
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In director Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet, it is 10th-Century China and the Tang Dynasty struggles for power.


The film, and Tan Dun’s score, explores the struggle between love and the pursuit of power, drawing influence from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Ibsen’s Ghosts.


In The Banquet, the Empress sacrifices her life and love for desire and revenge.


“I love things to be very, very dramatic, because I believe
life is very dramatic,” says Tan Dun. “I’m not an easy-listening,
easy-going composer. I was raised with the Peking Opera.
I grew up in theatrical circles, so my music is very dramatic.”