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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995)
G Schirmer Inc
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
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Programme Note
Bright Sheng Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995)

Composer Note:

[Bartok, Kodaly, and Stravinsky] were the ones who began a new approach to using roots music. Before them, composers just harmonized folk melodies. They didn’t convey the roughness, the savageness of this music.

I use [folk melodies] as a point of departure for my inspiration, and I take a lot of freedom. I’m searching for a new idiom that doesn’t belong to preconceived categories.

—Bright Sheng

  • Soloist(s)
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello
    Sony Classical:
  • Soloist(s)
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello (songs no. 5 and no. 7 only)
    Sony Classical:
  • Soloist(s)
    Alisa Weilerstein
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