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Sleeves of the Tang Palace - 2019 Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra
Shen Yun Compositions
D.F. / arr. Junyi TanOften considered the pinnacle of Chinese civilization, the Tang Dynasty (618-907) was deeply spiritual. Even the costumes of the female palace dancers—rippling gowns and long flowing sleeves—were said to be in- spired by the dress of celestial maidens. When the piece begins, a flute rises over a gentle tremolo, coaxed on by soft harp strums. As the tremolo swells it resolves into a graceful melody, reminiscent of elegant silk sleeves fluttering through the air. The scene shifts as the pipa introduces a cheery staccato motif, depicting the sprightly steps of the court dancers. The main theme reappears in a grand restatement, and lingering harp, flute, and strings bring the piece to its conclusion.