What did I hear on the radio?
May 25, 2014 7:34 PM   Subscribe

A couple of years ago I heard something on the radio- I believe it was the local classical station. From what I remember it concerned Jiang Qing ("Madame Mao") and was described as a "waltz". I think the premise was she was dancing to the music as it was played on a record player and reminiscing, eventually fading out.

This was not The Chairman's Waltz from Memoirs of a Geisha, nor was it "I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung" from Nixon in China (it was just an orchestral piece, no vocals).
posted by dilaudid to Media & Arts (2 answers total)
You probably heard "The Chairman Dances", by John Adams. It's somewhat based on material that was originally planned to be in Nixon in China.
posted by bassooner at 7:46 PM on May 25, 2014 [3 favorites]

That was it- I knew it had to be something related to Nixon in China.
posted by dilaudid at 7:51 PM on May 25, 2014

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