Episode #2735

Tibetan Buddhist-Based Film Scores

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Western film scores built around the sounds of Tibetan Buddhism, including “Kundun” by Philip Glass and “Fate of the Lhapa” by William Susman are featured on this New Sounds program. Listen to some of "Kundun," the score to the 1997 Scorsese film, where Tibetan instruments deepen and enrich Glass's minimalism, and the voices of the Gyuto Monks add an aura of spiritual power. Also, hear some of Susman’s “Fate of the Lhapa” featuring performances by cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet Alumnus) and Tibetan vocalist Tsering Wangmo. In this score for the documentary about the last three Tibetan shamans living in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal, haunting and lyrical sounds of Asian and Western Music merge to set the tone for a spiritual and mystical journey.

#2735, The Sounds of Tibet (First aired on Tues. 11/13/07)





William Susman

Fate of the Lhapa (soundtrack)

Main Title [3:30]
The Future [4:30]
The Calling [3:30]
Fate [4:30]

Philip Glass

Philip On Film

From Kundun: Sand Mandala [4:00]
Projector [2:00]
Escape To India [10:00]

Nonesuch #79660 ** (5-CD set)

Dadon & David Hykes

Vajra Sky (soundtrack)

Mantra Improvisation [1:30] Om Manu Padme Hung [4:00]

Not commercially released as a CD. The DVD of the film is out now. Information at

David Parsons

Dorje Ling

Dorje Ling, excerpt [8:00]

Fortuna/Celestial Harmonies #17076*

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Comments [2]

Tenzin from New York

This is beautiful music. The score to Fate of the Lhapa by Susman is right on target in its meditative and dramatic quality. Thank you for playing this music!

Aug. 13 2010 10:34 PM
hrh from tehran-iran

I was really surprised that you; the great John Shaefer have not yet seen the movie KUNDUN. I lost counts on the 100th or more & I still watch this film once a year. Glass has created a magnificent soundtrack. I think Philip Glass is at his Everest creative peak.

This link is also of great interest:


Nov. 16 2007 04:11 PM

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