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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

La’i (Love Song) (2005)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
6 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
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
    Michael Haithcock
  • Ensemble
    University of Louisville Wind Ensemble
    Frederick Speck
    Mark Records:
  • 30 OCT 2010
    RNCM Wind Orchestra
    Clark Rundell, conductor
  • 30 OCT 2010
    RNCM, Manchester
    RNCM Wind Orchestra
  • 22 OCT 2010
    University of Wisonsin, Madison
    University of Wisonsin
    Scott Teeple, conductor
  • 08 OCT 2010
    Madison, WI
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Scott Teeple, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 October - Madison, WI
  • 17 SEP 2009
    Miami Beach, FL
    New World Symphony
    Per Brevig, conductor
  • 23 APR 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Georgia State University
    Robert Ambrose, conductor
  • 14 NOV 2008
    Evanston, IL
    Northwestern University
    Mallory Thompson, conductor
  • 20 OCT 2007
    Bowling Green, OH
    Bowling Green State University
    David Moss, conductor
  • 24 MAY 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    University of California/L.A.
  • 12 JAN 2007
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego Symphony
    Jahja Lang, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 January - San Diego, CA
    14 January - San Diego, Ca
  • 05 DEC 2005
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Northern Arizona University

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