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Eternal Earth

Eternal Earth

| 28 min

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, 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.

  • director
    Larry Weinstein
  • producer
    Larry Weinstein
    Niv Fichman
  • executive producer
    Peter Katadotis
    Barbara Willis-Sweete
  • photography
    John Walker
  • sound
    Aerlyn Weissman
  • editing
    Margaret Van Eerdewijk
  • sound editing
    Anthony Lancett
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl


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