• Bright Sheng
  • Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • vc
  • 20 min

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Composer Note:

[Bartok, Kodaly, and Stravinsky] were the ones who began a new approach to using roots music. Before them, composers just harmonized folk melodies. They didn’t convey the roughness, the savageness of this music.

I use [folk melodies] as a point of departure for my inspiration, and I take a lot of freedom. I’m searching for a new idiom that doesn’t belong to preconceived categories.

—Bright Sheng

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Seven Tunes Heard in China: I. Seasons
Seven Tunes Heard in China: II. Guessing Song
Seven Tunes Heard in China: III. Little Cabbage
Seven Tunes Heard in China: V. Diu Diu Dong
Seven Tunes Heard in China: VI. Pastoral Ballade
Seven Tunes Heard in China: VII. Tibetan Dance

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