• Bright Sheng
  • The Stream Flows (for violin) (1990)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • vn
  • 10 min

Programme Note

Related works (see More Info tab for links):
China Dreams
The Stream Flows (for string orchestra)
The Stream Flows (for violin)
The Stream Flows (for viola)

Composer note:
This work [was] commissioned by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, for Nai-Yuan Hu, who gave the premiere performance on October 20, 1990 at the Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. This work is dedicated to my teacher Hugo Weisgall.

The first part of The Stream Flows is based on a famous Chinese folk song from the southern part of China. The freshness and the richness of the tune deeply touched me when I first heard it. Since then I have used it as basic material in several of my works. Here I hope that the resemblance of the timbre and the tone quality of a female folk singer is evoked by the solo violin. The second part is a fast country dance based on a three-note motive.

—Bright Sheng


The Stream Flows: I. —
The Stream Flows: II. —



More Info