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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Colors of Crimson (2004)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
2004
Duration
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Marimba
Programme Note
Bright Sheng Colors of Crimson (2004)


To me, one of the most challenging aspects in writing for the marimba is the instrument’s small range of timbral variety. In this work, I have attempted to adjust this limitation by using different devices in orchestration; some of them are subtle while other times bold. What I hope to provide is a diversity of tonal shades within the overall monotonic timbre of the marimba – Colors of Crimson.

The basic thematic material of the work comes from a reconstruction of a love song I wrote during my teenage years. At the time, I was living in Qinghai – a remote province of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in northwest China – where the folk music tradition has always been abundant.

— Bright Sheng




Performances
Date
Title
  • 16 NOV 2013
    St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    St. Petersburg Academic Symphony
    Bright Sheng, conductor
  • 24 MAR 2012
    Colors of Crimson Country Premiere
    Hong Kong, China
    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pius Cheung, marimba; Joshua Tan, conductor
  • 23 MAR 2012
    Colors of Crimson Country Premiere
    Hong Kong, China
    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pius Cheung, marimba; Joshua Tan, conductor
  • 04 NOV 2009
    Carnegie Hall
    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Colin Currie, marimba; David Robertson, conductor
  • 30 OCT 2009
    Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO
    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Colin Currie, marimba; David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 October - Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO
  • 30 OCT 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Colin Curie, percussion; David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 October - St. Louis, MO
  • 30 OCT 2009
    Carnegie Hall
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Colin Curie, percussion; David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 October - Carnegie Hall
  • 30 OCT 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 October; 1-4 November - St. Louis, MO
  • 04 OCT 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30,31 October; 1-3 November - St. Louis, MO

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