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Music director's Closing Ceremony commentary

Updated: 2008-08-24 21:45:06
Music director's Closing Ceremony commentary
Singers singing the folk song The Moon is Bright Tonight (Photo credit: Xinhua)

(BEIJING, August 24) -- If the music at the Olympic Opening ceremony was characteristic of Chinese culture, the music at the Closing Ceremony was joyous, creating a festival-like atmosphere. Executive Artistic Director of the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games Chen Weiya spoke about the ceremony's music.

"The Closing Ceremony has special requirements on music -- it should be joyous, a festival. It focuses on songs; its atmosphere is relatively cheerful," Chen said.

"In line with the three chapters of the ceremony, the music is also divided into three distinctive sections. The music in the first chapter emphasizes the celebrative atmosphere of the people's party, which is rich in color, dynamic, and full of romanticism. The music in the third chapter highlights the chapters' carnival theme. Therefore, the melody is comprised of passionate songs, including such excellent works as 'Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing,' 'Surpass It,' a folk song -- 'The moon is Bright Tonight' and a new song -- 'Frame of Love,'" Chen continued.

Composers found the music for the second chapter more challenging to write. The theme of this chapter was memory, which meant the melody had to be in line with the whole ceremony, and at the same time, it had to express memory in a unique way. Director of Music Bian Liunian and the well-known German composer Klaus Badelt collaborated on the music for this section. General Director Zhang Yimou and Executive Director Chen both praised the work of these two artists.

Chen appreciated Badelt's work. "Badelt is young, dedicated. He took the work to his heart when composing the Olympic melody," said Chen.

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