for String Quartet and a Narrator Duration: 19 mins
Du Yun performs with members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the 2019 Beijing Music Festival
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About the Work
In 2004, I wrote my first chamber opera, Zolle, which was a story on After-life. Nearing finishing Zolle, I fabricated another story that would serve as a Life-Before fable. This Life-Before story, A Cockroach’s Tarantella, was meant to score for a string quartet and a narrator for a later time, but could be heard preceding Zolle. Both stories, using a borrowed human idealization, deal with my fascination on our regressive memories, roots, as well as the idea of ultimate and yet cyclic quests.
(*Fact: Some female cockroach species mate once in their lives, and then continue to produce ootheca, or egg cases, of thirty to forty eggs at two to three day intervals under temperature of 20o Centigrade. Average cockroach life span is 6 months to a year, human time.)