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Olympic Music : Tan Dun uses water and paper, Golijov goes for 90,000 flutes

Composer Tan Dun is going to employ "organic music" - produced by basic natural elements such as water and paper - in his production for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Meanwhile, Osvaldo Golijov wrote a piece in which all 90,000 people in the crowd were handed a flute when they arrived at the Shanghai Stadium as part of the Special Olympics 2007 Summer World Games Opening Ceremony in Shanghai, China on Oct. 2. The audience played five notes answering a theme played by cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

“The 90,000 flutes sound like the Milky Way on fire,” said Golijov


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