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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Colors of Crimson (2004)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
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

  • Ensemble
    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
    Bright Sheng
  • Ensemble
    Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Pius Cheung
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