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Eternal Earth

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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.

1987, 28 min 37 s

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Electra Certificate Award - Category: Fine and Performance Arts
International Educational Film Festival
April 4 to May 4 1990, Birmingham - USA

Gold Apple Award - Category: Music Around the World
National Educational Media Network Competition
April 29 to May 1 1988, Oakland - USA