(Hopefully) Happily Ever After – Lan Tung (2012)
－ solo improviser (voice) & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra
“….the prince and princess get married, and they live happily ever after”. Does the story really end there? This piece draws materials from a famous Cantonese opera excerpt “The Emperor’s Daughter” to create a ghostly graphic score. Unwilling to live under the ruling of the invading Manchurian, the beautiful princess and her husband committed suicide on their wedding night. This piece portraits the couple’s final moments. It was premiered by the Atlas Ensemble in Amsterdam in 2012 and has since been performed by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Proliferasian, Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra with Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble, and Upstream Ensemble (Halifax).
chamber ensemble version performed by Proliferasian