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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

La’i (Love Song) (2005)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
2005
Duration
6 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
2+4pic.4+2ca.4(2bcl)+2Ebcl.4+2cbn/6442/timp.4perc/hp
Programme Note
Bright Sheng La’i (Love Song) (2005)

Composer Note:

La’i is a form of Tibetan love song. It is most popular in eastern Tibet where I lived for seven years in my teens. I watched men and women approach each other singing La’i while herding, working in the fields, or especially, in festival settings. If things went well, they would exchange memorabilia and set a new date to meet again. The character of the music is lyrical, slow in a free tempo, with quick moving throaty grace-notes decorating an overall simple melody. The decoration forms a special notation to the melody, a unique feature of La’i.

When I first heard the singing, I was struck by the beauty and overtly romantic feeling, as well as by the natural unruly wild emotion the music generated. This work is loosely based on the impression of the La’i singing.

—Bright Sheng

  • Ensemble
    University of Michigan Symphony Band
    Soloist(s)
    Michael Haithcock
    Equilibrium:
  • Ensemble
    University of Louisville Wind Ensemble
    Conductor
    Frederick Speck
    Mark Records:
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