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Peasant Prince


The Peasant Prince : A Symphonic Tale / music by Katy Abbott ; Li Cunxin, author and narrator, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, conductor.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2020 [ABC 481 7928 ] — 1 CD (68 min.)
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  • Library Availability: CD 3118 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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  Work Composer PerformersDuration
The peasant prince (2009) A symphonic tale
Recorded/performed at: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, on 2016.
Katy Abbott Li Cunxin, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey 1 hours, 7 mins, 44 sec.

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'This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true!'

Using words and music, The Peasant Prince tells the inspiring story of Li Cunxin, better known as 'Mao's Last Dancer': his childhood and his journey to become one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.

With music by composer Katy Abbott setting the scene, Li tells his life's story in eight episodes over half an hour - from his humble beginnings in rural China to his triumphs as principal ballet dancer of the Houston Ballet. It is a story that will inspire the young and the young-at-heart, with reflections on a family living in hardship, inspiring teachers, and the joy of finding that one thing that you love most in the world.

Based on Li's best-selling memoir Mao's Last Dancer and children's book The Peasant Prince, this is a heart-warming tale for anyone who ever dared to dream.

The Peasant Prince is being released in three different versions. A CD, which contains two versions of the work - one narrated in English and one narrated in Chinese. And the English and Chinese versions are being released individually on digital and streaming platforms.

Duration: 68 min.

Contents note:

Introduction -- Kite Themes -- Frog in the Well -- Home and School -- Beijing -- USA -- Dance of My Life.

Includes version in English and version in Chinese.

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