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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Four Movements (1990)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano Trio
Year Composed
11 Minutes

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Programme Note
Bright Sheng Four Movements (1990)
Bright Sheng, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and cellist Eric Kim introduce and perform Four Movements

Composer Note:
Four Movements for Piano Trio was based on the musical materials of My Song, a work I composed for solo piano in 1988. Similar to the piano work, I was trying to search for my "own" concept of tonality. For me, the best way is to unify my mother tongue (Oriental classical and folk music) and my father tongue (Western classical music). In addition, I was very much aware of the virtuosity of the Peabody Trio during the process of the composition.

The folklore style and prelude-like first movement is constructed through the development of heterophony, a typical device of Oriental music. The third movement is a savage dance in which the melody grows through a series of "Chinese sequence" (a self-invented term to describe a way of melodic development in Chinese folk music, in which each time the initial motive is repeated, it increases the number of notes and consequently enlarges the spaces of duration and tessitura). The last movement is a lonesome solitude of Nostalgia.

—Bright Sheng

  • Ensemble
    Triple Helix
    Bayla Keyes violin; Rhonda Rider, cello; Lois Shapiro, piano
  • Ensemble
  • Ensemble
    Shanghai String Quartet
  • 23 OCT 2012
    The Fourth London Festival of American Music
    The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, London, SE1 8ST
    Fidelio Piano Trio
  • 25 SEP 2011
    Schneebeck Concert Hall, Tacoma WA
    Puget Sound Piano Trio
  • 08 JUL 2010
    City of London Festival 2010
    St Bride's, Fleet Street, London
    Atos Trio
  • 12 DEC 2009
    Antwerp, The Netherlands
    Atos Trio
  • 04 DEC 2009
    Klingenberg, Germany
    Atos Trio
  • 14 JUL 2009
    Greensboro, NC
    Eastern Music Festival
    Jeff Multer, violin; Bright Sheng, piano
  • 25 JAN 2009
    Chinese Love Songs
    Dallas, TX
    Voices of Change
  • 18 JAN 2009
    National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
    The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
  • 16 JAN 2009
    Wentz Concert Hall, IL, USA
    The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
  • 10 OCT 2007
    Weill Recital Hall, New York, NY
    Ensemble ACJW
  • 01 FEB 2007
    Rose Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • 01 FEB 2007
    Rose Auditorium, Lincoln Center New York City
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • 06 AUG 2006
    Saratoga Chamber Music Festival
    Saratoga Springs, NY

These chamber works show Sheng as a skilled and expressive composer, who very effectively communicates with his listeners…these scores leave a powerful impression on the audience, and combine Chinese and Western music elements to expand their expressive vocabulary. The listeners at the concert were suitably impressed; Sheng seems to have struck the right chord.
James Hennerty, The Albany Times Union,01/01/0001
[The] Four Movements for Piano Trio [was] inspired by the folk singing style that Sheng had heard while living in Qinghai, near Tibet…Sheng is a master at evoking moods in his music, and is inventive and demanding in his use of a broad variety of techniques from musicians.
Judith White, The Saratogian,01/01/0001
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