shenyun creations
The Mystical Udumbara
Shen Yun Compositions
Composed by Yuan GaoConducted by Milen NachevAncient Buddhist scriptures speak of the udumbara flower, which blooms only once every three thousand years. Against a background of plucked harp strings, woodwinds gasp in discovery of the tiny white blossom. Its appearance signifies the return of a great figure: the Buddhist “Holy King Who Turns the Wheel,” who is said to bring the world salvation. The light pipa and elegant erhu extol the flower’s subtle, ethereal beauty. A change in tonality and entrance of the violins allow the andante section to reach its climax. Short violin strokes characterize a lively dance section, until brass and timpani join in, in joyful reverence.