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Playlist of Bright Sheng

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  • Broadcast: Portrait of Bright Sheng

    1:27:21

    As Curtis transitions to online operations, our Friday recital series will continue in a new form! Join us every Friday at 8 p.m. for full recital broadcasts, featuring highlighted recitals from the past season. The works on this program were originally performed and recorded on Saturday, December 7.

    SHENG Quartet No. 4 (Silent Temple)
    Vera Quartet

    SHENG Clearwater Rhapsody
    Cathy Yang, erhu
    Claire Bourg, violin
    Justin Goldsmith, cello
    Bright Sheng, piano

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    SHENG Dance Capriccio
    Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
    Youjin Lee, violin
    Cynthia Phillippi, viola
    Albert Seo, cello
    Zitong Wang, piano

    SHENG Deep Red
    Pius Cheung, marimba
    Jihoo Yu, flute
    Kip Zimmerman, oboe
    Yan Liu, clarinet
    Rachael Lee, bassoon
    Andrew Stump, horn
    Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
    Youjin Lee, violin
    Cynthia Phillippi, viola
    Albert Seo, cello
    Jason Henery, double bass
    William Yang, piano
    Bright Sheng, conductor

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  • BRIGHT SHENG: Colors of Crimson Naxos 8.570610

    3:23

    Recording session for Colors of Crimson for Marimba & Orchestra

    Pius Cheng, marimba
    Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Bright Sheng, conductor

    Producer: Phil Rowlands

    Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong
    9 May 2013

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  • Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic - Sheng: Never Far Away for Harp and Orchestra

    26:57

    A Concert of Inclusivity
    Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic
    Guillermo Figueroa, guest conductor
    Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp
    Dr. Aaron P. Dworkin, narrator
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 • 8:00 pm Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

    Never Far Away for Harp and Orchestra (2008)
    Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
    Moonlight Shadow
    The Drunken Fisher
    Doctored Pentatonics
    Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp

  • Bright Sheng - Seven Tunes Heard in China, I-IV

    8:55

    Seven Tunes Heard in China, for cello (1995)

    I. Seasons
    II. Guessing Song
    III. Little Cabbage
    IV. The Drunken Fisherman
    V. Diu Diu Dong
    VI. Pastoral Ballade
    VII. Tibetan Dance

    Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    Bright Sheng wrote these brief pieces for solo cello as a way to understand the instrument before composing a concerto commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma. Sheng studied the scores of the standard solo cello works, from Bach to Britten, then set about transforming the folk tunes in much the same way Bartók and Kodály did Hungarian folk music, hoping to convey the roughness, the savageness of the original music. The result was, in terms of performance technique, an extremely difficult version that Sheng ended up revising with the aid of one of his students, who was also a cellist. The set opens with an extremely lyrical setting of a song about Spring From Quinhai, the cello sounding somewhat like an erhu. Second is a very teasing Guessing Song from Yunnan with an almost drone-like pedal tone under much of the tune. The Little Cabbage, from Hebei, is another lyrical piece, this time a child crying for its mother. The fourth tune, The Drunken Fisherman is played entirely without bow. The right hand plucks while the left hand strums with a plectrum to imitate the sound of the qin, an ancient zither-like instrument. Harmonics, including double-stopped ones and thumb harmonics, are frequently used in the fifth tune, Diu Diu Dong, from Taiwan, a song about a train. A Pastoral Ballade describes the Mongolian landscape, from wide blue sky to green grass. As the accompanying text compares the sheep in the distance to pieces of silver on the grass, the music becomes brighter and harder and more abstract to reflect the metal, abruptly pausing before the return of the calm, pastoral melody. The set ends with a lively dance from Tibet, which requires the cellist to tap accents out on the cello's body like a drum, the right hand flashing from fingerboard to body and back. The original version of the work was premiered by Yo-Yo Ma on October 9, 1995. [allmusic.com]

    Art by Cai Guo-Qiang

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  • Bright Sheng - String Quartet No. 3

    19:48

    T'ang Quartet performance of Bright Sheng's quartet no 3 surrounded by sombre paintings and an appreciative audience. Watch this vivid recording of the quartet's favourite and most performed piece - a piece that saw them working intensely with the composer, leading to an award winning performance at the Weimar international string quartet competition in 1999.

  • Bright Sheng. Shanghai Overture

    7:08

    The United States Marine Band
    Gerard Schwarz, guest conductor

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  • Bright Sheng for Marimba and Orchestra

    17:42

    Bright Sheng (b. 1955) - Deep Red (2014) for Marimba and Orchestra

  • Bright Sheng: My Song

    13:38

    My Song for Solo Piano, by Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
    1. 1/8 note = 54
    2. 1/4 note = 66-72
    3. 1/4 note = 112
    4. Nostalgia

    My Song was an inspiration of two folds: first, Peter Serkin's musicality and virtuosity, and second, my attachment to Chinese folk music. The phonetic pronunciation of My Song (m'ai-sang) in Chinese can coincidentally be translated as pulsating voices. And my :m'ai-song (pulsating voices) is the folk music and dance of my native land.

    The prelude-like first movement, in folklore style, is constructed through the development of heterophony, a typical device in Asian music. A humoristic and joyful folk song from Se-Tsuan inspired the second movement. The third movement is a savage dance in which the melody grows through a series of Chinese sequences. This is a term of my own invention that describes a type of melodic development in Chinese instrumental music in which each repetition of the initial motive increases the number of notes, duration, and tessitura. The last movement evokes a lonely nostalgia.

    My Song was commissioned and premiered by Peter Serkin on November 11, 1989 at the 92nd Street Y in the NYC.

    —Bright Sheng

    piano: Professor Kayako Matsunaga
    performed: October 13, 2011
    Britton Recital Hall
    University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Bright Sheng. Black Swan – inspired by Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2

    7:14

    All-Star Orchestra
    Gerard Schwarz, Music Director & Conductor

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  • HKAPA 30th Symposium - Interview with Bright Sheng

    4:30

    Professor Bright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Music of the University of Michigan shares with us his views and thoughts towards music compositions.

    Professor Sheng will give a seminar, which is a part of the HKAPA 30th anniversary Symposium : Asian Transformation - New Perspectives on Creativity and Performing Arts Education (Nov 20 - 22, 2014). For details, please check at :

  • UMich Symphony Band - Bright Sheng, Shanghai Overture

    7:00

    Bright Sheng - Shanghai Overture
    Performed on May 5, 2011 in Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, MI) by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Michael Haithcock conducting, en route to touring China:
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  • Hun : In Memoriam 1966-1976

    21:36

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    H'un (Lacerations) : In Memoriam 1966-1976 · Various Artists · Bright Sheng · Gerard Schwarz · New York Chamber Symphony

    Bright Sheng - H'un (Lacerations) and Other Works

    ℗ 1991 Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc.

    Released on: 1991-01-01

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  • Bright Sheng - Four Movements for Piano Trio

    11:44

    Bright Sheng Four Movements for Piano Trio

    TRIO KANON - live 01.07.2018 Milano at Palazzo Marino

    Diego Maccagnola, piano
    Lena Yokoyama, violin
    Alessandro Copia, cello

  • Bright Sheng - 7 Tunes Heard in China, Tibetan Dance

    3:45

    Bright Sheng - 7 Tunes Heard in China
    vii. Tibetan Dance


    Recorded at P Studio, Bangkok

    Cellist : Supanee Sonchaiwanich

  • Heifetz 2017: Bright Sheng: Tibetan Dance from Seven Tunes Heard In China | Ezra Escobar

    5:00

    00:18 Introduction by Ezra Escobar
    01:04 Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China - VII. Tibetan Dance

    From a Heifetz International Music Institute Stars of Tomorrow concert, 17-year-old cellist Ezra Escobar plays the Tibetan Dance, the final movement of Bright Sheng's Seven Tunes Heard In China, a work composed for Yo-Yo Ma. Captured in concert in Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA.

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  • Camerata Pacifica — Premiere Performance of Bright Shengs Hot Pepper

    9:25

    Based on a Chinese folk tune from the Sichuan province, Sheng's Hot Pepper takes its name from the area's fondness for hot spices. But the heat was also in a scorching performance. The 10-minute score had the feel of a Bartók rhapsody, a seductive warm-up of the tune, with some fancy virtuosic ornamentation, and then a section of wildness... Sheng chose mellow gong-like resonances to provide an atmosphere that was excitingly pierced by Leonard, a focused, fiery player ... Jung is a centered player who can give the impression of being very still yet at all places at once along her long instrument. She was, here, spectacular. Mark Swed, Los Angele Times, 9/13/10

    (The original YouTube posting experienced audio glitches, here corrected.)

    RECORDED LIVE & UNEDITED. From the opening concert of Camerata Pacifica's 21st season. Catherine Leonard & Ji Hye Jung premiere Hot Pepper by Bright Sheng, commissioned by Bob Peirce as a birthday celebration for his wife, Sharon Harroun Peirce. Recorded September 16th, 2010 at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA.

    Camerata Pacifica is a chamber music ensemble based in Santa Barbara that performs a monthly series of concerts in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Marino, and Zipper Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Founded by Adrian Spence in 1990, the group is composed of the finest performers of chamber music from around the world. The ensemble is distinctive for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new, from familiar masterworks to works that have yet to become favorites.

  • I. Seasons 四季调

    2:06

    Zhou Yi, Pipa 周懿, 琵琶
    Nan-Cheng Chen, Cello 陳南呈, 大提琴
    Composed by Bright Sheng 盛宗亮作品

  • Seven Tunes Heard in China by Bright Sheng, I. Seasons | Nathan Chan, cello

    1:30

    Composer Bright Sheng wrote this piece for Yo-Yo Ma; it has always fascinated me in both its technical demands and musical creativity. I feel that the first movement entitled Seasons succeeds only when played like an improvisation. It's quite formidable!




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  • Bright Sheng - Flute Moon I. Chi Lins Dance

    5:43

    Bright Sheng - Flute Moon I. Chi Lin's Dance
    Eastern Symphony Orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival
    Les Roettges, solo flute/piccolo
    Bright Sheng, conductor

  • Eastern Music Festival TV Presents Bright Sheng

    5:27

    Eastern Music Festival guest conductor and composer-in-residence Bright Sheng rehearses with EMF Young Artists Orchestra, July 2009 at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.

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  • MY SONG - Piano - Live / Bright Sheng

    13:05

    MY SONG by Bright Sheng (performed in Hong Kong)

    Yael Manor, pianist:

    World Premiere Concert 1 | Sunday 29 April, 2018 Concert Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

    Intimacy of Creativity - The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong 2018

    – Wailok Cheung, videographer

  • Hong Kong Phil - Song & Dance of Tears

    1:26

    This will be released on Naxos in 2013/2014. It was a pleasure to record this fine orchestra. And of course working with Bright Sheng and and these instrumentalists, Sa Chen (piano), Wu Tong (Sheng), Hui Li (Pipa), and Trey Lee (cello)

  • Bright Sheng: My Father’s Letter and Bernstein’s Question

    6:59

    Bright Sheng is concerned about directly moving audiences in whatever format or style he is working in. And, as you'll see in this conversation with Frank J. Oteri filmed by Molly Sheridan, Sheng is passionate about sharing what led him to his aesthetic positions. To read their entire conversation and see more video excerpts, please visit NewMusicBox:

  • UMich Symphony Band - Bright Sheng - Shanghai Overture

    7:24

    University of Michigan Symphony Band
    Shanghai Overture (2007/2011)
    Bright Sheng
    Michael Haithcock, conductor

    March 12, 2017
    Hill Auditorium
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI

    recorded and filmed by
    Dave Schall and Cory Robinson
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  • Bright Sheng - Tibetan Dance - The Verdehr Trio

    36:11

    The Verdehr Trio Composers Series
    Bright Sheng and Alexander Arutiunian

    Featured composer:
    Bright Sheng - 00:40 - 22:25

    Tibetan Dance”
    Prelude - 11:47
    Song - 15:35
    Tibetan Dance - 17:47

    Closing credits - 35:26

    Walter Verdehr - Violin
    Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr - Clarinet
    Silvia Roederer - Piano

    The Verdehrs mark 40 years of building a strong recorrd for commissioning new works.

    It is truly a miracle that this ensamble, unlike most ensembles, had this kind of vision and purpose for its entire existence, says composer Joan Tower, who wrote Rain Waves for the Trio.

    I know that other composers also view this ensemble as one of the most valuable in the 20th and 21st centuries. STRINGS Magazine - February, 2013.

    Other featured content from this DVD:
    Alexander Arutiunian - Suiter for Trio -

  • Three Chinese Love songs by Bright Sheng

    12:15

    Three Chinese Love songs by Bright Sheng
    1. Blue Flower
    2. At the Hillside Where Horses Are Running
    3. The Streams Flows
    (Ps. sorry, the third one my pitch kinda lower!)

    5/3/11 Longy School of Music-N1
    Viola: Justin
    Soprano: Lily
    Piano: Yuko

  • BRIGHT SHENG: The Blazing Mirage for Cello and String Orchestra Naxos 8.570610

    4:28

    Recording session for The Blazing Mirage for Cello & String Orchestra

    Trey Lee, cello
    Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Bright Sheng, conductor

    Producer: Phil Rowlands
    Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong
    10 May 2013

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  • Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China - Sihao He

    18:56

    B. Sheng, Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995), performed at the Meadowmount School of Music, August 10, 2015 by Sihao He, cello


    Seven Tunes Heard in China
    I. Seasons (Qinghai)
    II. Guessing Song (Yunnan)
    III. The Little Cabbage (Hebei)
    IV. The Drunken Fisherman (Classical)
    V. Diu Diu Dong (Taiwan)
    VI. Pastoral Ballade (Mongolia)
    VII. Tibetan Dance (Tibet)
    Bright Sheng
    (b. 1955)

    Sihao He, cello

  • Bright Sheng - Flute Moon II. Flute Moon 1of2

    6:48

    Bright Sheng - Flute Moon II. Flute Moon 1of2
    Eastern Symphony Orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival
    Les Roettges, solo flute/piccolo
    Bright Sheng, conductor

  • Wayne Shen recital - Bright Sheng The Stream Flows Mvt 1

    4:02

    Bright Sheng - The Stream Flows, Mvt. 1. From Wayne Shen's Senior Violin Recital - April 18, 2008.

  • The Stream Flows: II. —

    4:45

    Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

    The Stream Flows: II. — · Zhi-Jong Wang

    Dō (Pathways)

    ℗ 2015 Genuin

    Released on: 2015-06-02

    Artist: Zhi-Jong Wang
    Composer: Bright Sheng

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Bright Sheng - Flute Moon II. Flute Moon 2of2

    7:39

    Bright Sheng - Flute Moon II. Flute Moon 2of2
    Eastern Symphony Orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival
    Les Roettges, solo flute/piccolo
    Bright Sheng, conductor

  • Bright Sheng, composers meet performers in Hong Kong

    4:31

    Intimacy of Creativity - The Bright Sheng parternership: composers meet performers in Hong Kong. Six composers: Pedro Faria Gomes (Portugal), Ted Goldman (USA), Moon Young HA (South Korea), Narong Prangcharoen (Thailand), Matthew Tommasini (USA), Ming-Hsiu Yen (Taiwan), interviewed by Adrian Spence for the Bright Sheng IC project in Hong Kong 2011

  • Seasons - Bright Sheng

    1:39

    Benjamin Cline, cello
    April 4, 2016
    Univeristy of Kansas

  • IC2014: Bright Sheng on the music of Xiaogang Ye

    1:01

    Bright Sheng describes the music of Distinguished Guest Composer Xiaogang Ye at The Intimacy of Creativity 2014 Lunchtime Lectures: A Conversation Between Xiaogang Ye and Bright Sheng on the campus of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  • Conversations with Claire: Bright Sheng

    45:39

    Weekly intimate conversations with Claire Huangci and luminaries of the music industry, giving listeners access and new perspectives to the classical world. This week’s guest is composer, conductor and pianist Bright Sheng.

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  • 48: Bright Sheng

    1:3:11

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    My guest today is MacArthur Foundation Genius award winner and one of the top composers around today, Bright Sheng!

    A MacArthur fellow and proclaimed by the foundation as “an innovative composer who merges diverse musical customs in works that transcend conventional aesthetic boundaries”, Sheng has created an oeuvre that is not only with Asian influence but also with strong synthesis of Western musical tradition which makes his work distinctive and original. Sheng himself admits: “I consider myself both 100% American and 100% Asian.”

    In September of 2016, in a co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival, with sold-out runs at both places, the San Francisco Opera premiered Sheng’s commissioned opera Dream of The Red Chamber featuring a libretto by David Henry Hwang and Sheng, based on a beloved Chinese novel by the eighteenth century writer Cao Xueqin. He conducted a three-city tour of the production in China.

    In addition to composing, Sheng enjoys an active career as a conductor and concert pianist, and frequently acts as music advisor and artistic director to orchestras and festivals. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan, and the Y. K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where, in 2011, he founded and has been serving as the Artistic Director of The Intimacy of Creativity—The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong.

    He was born in Shanghai, China and moved to New York where he pursued his graduate work and studied composition and conducting privately with his mentor Leonard Bernstein.



  • Ashley Ng - Violin - The Stream Flows, by Bright Sheng - I.

    4:20

    Ashley Ng - Violin
    recorded 2011.

  • Chi-Ling Lok plays My Song by Bright Sheng

    5:34

    My Song by Bright Sheng,
    (movements 3 and 4)
    Chi-Ling Lok, piano


  • Naxos Recording Session 8.570610 BRIGHT SHENG The Song and Dance of Tears

    1:26

    Recording session for The Song and Dance of Tears

    Chen Sa, piano
    Hui Li, pipa
    Pius Cheng, marimba
    Trey Lee, cello
    Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Bright Sheng, conductor

    Producer: Phil Rowlands

    Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong
    May 2013

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  • Bright Sheng discusses The Singing Gobi Desert

    6:05

    Following the October 13, 2018 Chinese premiere of Bright Sheng's The Singing Gobi Desert for sax quartet and traditional Chinese instruments at the University of China Academy of Science in Beijing, the composer and PRISM Quartet member Matthew Levy discuss the work.

    The Singing Gobi Desert was commissioned by the PRISM Quartet, and premiered in February 2012 at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall with the guest ensemble, Music From China. The Singing Gobi Desert is the title track of a 2014 PRISM release on innova.

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  • Little Cabbage ???? by Bright Sheng

    2:49

    Wu Man Pipa
    Johannes Moser Cello

  • Bright Sheng

    4:13

    Des Moines Symphony guest conductor/composer Bright Sheng visits Valley High School orchestra students.

  • Bright Sheng- Alone Together: Musicians in the Time of Covid 4/27/20

    1:55

    Composer Bright Sheng shares his thoughts on our use of time during quarantine and potential positives that could come out of it. Gregg Bendian is a renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, and one of our main OHAM interviewers. April 27th, 2020

  • Trio Oriens - Four Movements for Piano Trio, q=66 by Bright Sheng

    2:22

    Recorded live at the University of St. Thomas' Cullen Hall -- November 2nd, 2012

    Trio Oriens is:
    I-Ling Chen, Piano
    Johnny Chang, Violin
    Olive Chen, Cello

    For more information visit them online at:


    Audio/Video Production
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  • IC2012: Bright Sheng on the influcence of folk music

    1:16

    Bright Sheng on the influcence of folk music. The Intimacy of Creativity 2012 Open Discussions, on the campus of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  • Che-Yen Chen Talks about Bright Sheng & Dvorak

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    Violist Che-Yen Chen talks about 12/8/2018 concert presented by Chamber Music International area in the Dallas area. Visit for details.

  • Amy Maples sings Bright Shengs Three Chinese Love Songs

    8:37

    Blue Flower
    At the hillside where horses are running
    The stream flows

    soprano, Amy Maples
    prepared piano, Melissa Loehnig
    viola, Renate Falkner

  • Little Cabbage - Bright Sheng

    1:52

    Benjamin Cline, cello
    April 4, 2016
    University of Kansas

  • IC2014: Bright Sheng on growing up during the Cultural Revolution

    45

    Composer Bright Sheng talks about growing up during the Cultural Revolution. The Intimacy of Creativity 2014 Lunchtime Lectures: A Conversation Between Xiaogang Ye and Bright Sheng on the campus of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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