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Bright Sheng

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Nightingale and the Rose (2007)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Dance
Year Composed
2007
Duration
15 Minutes
Programme Note
Bright Sheng The Nightingale and the Rose (2007)
This ballet is inspired by a short story by Oscar Wilde who wrote it for his children. It tells of a nightingale who has befriended a love-stricken young student and ultimately decided to sacrifice herself for the student’s love for the daughter of his professor. However, as typical of Wilde, the story is atypical for children as the tragic twist at the end reveals very much of Wilde’s view of life and the society in which he lived.

Christopher Wheeldon, (the Choreographer-in-Resident for the New York City Ballet) and I worked together on the work for the last year or two. Our approach is to dramatize the impact of the storyline through music and dance. Along the process of the creation, we both did something we had not done before. Working together is also a new experience for us as this is my first ballet score and Wheeldon’s first commissioned narrative ballet from a living composer.

— Bright Sheng




  • Ensemble
    San Diego Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Yolanda Kondonassis
    Conductor
    Jahja Lang
    Telarc:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 16 MAY 2008
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego Symphony
    Jahja Lang, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17,18 May - San Diego, CA
  • 11 JUL 2007
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    New York City Ballet
    Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer; Bright Sheng, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12,17 July - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 08 JUN 2007
    New York State Theater, Lincoln Center New York City
    New York City Ballet
    Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer; Bright Sheng, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9,16,17,20 June - New York State Theater, Lincoln Center New York City
  • 23 FEB 2007
    New York, NY
    New York City Ballet
    Bright Sheng, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14,17,21 February 2008 - New York, NY

Reviews
Bright Sheng's music is atmospheric, lightly Chinese-influenced, with strings, brasses, flutes, and a lot of percussion. Like the ballet, it's full of gorgeous color and pitiless clarity, fastidiously modern.
Marcia B. Siegel, The Phoenix,6/12/2007
The commissioned score by Bright Sheng, City Ballet's resident composer, sets the atmosphere from its magical first moments, providing aural color and near-melodic climaxes that delicately support the ballet's emotional climaxes.
Jennifer Dunning, New York Times,6/11/2007
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