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(b 1955 )

Born in Shanghai, Bright Sheng belongs to the generation of Chinese composers whose childhood and adolescence were seriously affected by the Cultural Revolution. The period of internal exile, however, brought knowledge of the music of the remoter countryside, a source of future musical inspiration. He was later able to study at the Shanghai Conservatory before continuing studies in the United States, where he is a professor of composition at the University of Michigan.

Vocal, Stage, Orchestral and Chamber Music
Sheng’s music remains firmly related to his Chinese origins. His vocal compositions include settings of Chinese poets, and his stage works include the chamber opera The Silver River and the two-act Madame Mao. His orchestral music includes China Dreams and a lament for the massacre at Nanking in 1937, making use of the pipa (Chinese lute) with a Western orchestra. Other compositions also make use of Chinese instruments, sometimes in conjunction with Western.

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ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 1: Music for the Theater / Program 2: What Makes A Masterpiece? (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Concert
Choral Music (Songs of Peace and Praise) (New York Virtuoso Singers, Queens College Choir and Vocal Ensemble, Rosenbaum, Bright Sheng, J. John) Naxos
Choral - Secular
ECHOES - Classic Works Transformed (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
INTIMACY OF CREATIVITY (The) - 5 Year Retrospective (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng) Naxos
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND (THE): Masterpieces for Symphonic Band, Programs 1-3 (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Concert
Recorder Concertos: Petri, Michala - TANG, Jianping / SHENG, Bright / MA, Shui-Long / CHEN, Yi (Chinese Recorder Concertos) OUR Recordings
SCHWARZ, Gerard: Gerard Schwarz Collection (The) (30-CD Box Set) Naxos
SHENG, B.: Song of Majnun (The) (Complete) Delos
Opera, Interview
SHENG, Bright: Blazing Mirage (The) / The Song and Dance of Tears / Colors of Crimson (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng) Naxos
SHENG, Bright: Night at the Chinese Opera (A) / String Quartet No. 5 / My Song / My Other Song (P. Serkin, Bright Sheng, Shanghai Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music, Instrumental
SHENG, Bright: Northern Lights / Melodies of a Flute / 4 Movements for Piano Trio (Dan Zhu, J. Schwarz, Trey Lee, Bright Sheng) Naxos
Chamber Music
SHENG, Bright: Phoenix (The) / Red Silk Dance / Tibetan Swing / H'un (Lacerations) (Sheng, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
SHENG, Bright: Spring Dreams / 3 Fantasies / Tibetan Dance (Cho-liang Lin, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Tsung Yeh, A.-M. Schub, E. Svoboda, B. Sheng) Naxos
Concerto, Chamber Music
SHENG: China Dreams / Nanking Nanking Naxos
Violin Recital: Muresanu, Irina - ENESCU, G. / FLYNN, D. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. / BACH, J.S. (Four Strings Around the World) Dorian Sono Luminus
ZWILICH, E.: Clarinet Quintet / SHENG, B.: Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet (Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society) Delos
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