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Eternal Earth - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB528123
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Larry Weinstein, Niv Fichman, Peter Katadotis, Barbara Willis-Sweete
Directors:  Larry Weinstein
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Biography, Documentary, Music, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1987
Running Time:  28:37

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One of the Canadian Composers series, this documentary introduces viewers to the intricacies of contemporary classical music by following Chinese-Canadian composer Alexina Louie as she writes a symphony, The Eternal Earth, as commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's musical director, Andrew Davis. Proclaimed Composer of the Year in 1986, Louie is known for her eclectic approach and blended musical heritage from both Chinese and Western influences. The film follows Louie between rehearsal spaces and the streets of Chinatown, including the world première performance of the piece at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall in May, 1986. It illustrates the process whereby musical notation is transformed into the rich, harmonious textures and sounds that audiences hear. Enlightening and entertaining for general audiences as well as for secondary/post-secondary music students.

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