Bright Sheng: A Tune From Childhood (for Alto Saxophone) - Digital

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  • Composer
    Bright Sheng
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Arrangement
    Alto Sax (ASAX)
  • Format
  • Genre
    20th Century


For alto saxophone solo. The materials of this work are drawn from fragments of folk tunes I heard over twenty years ago when I was living in the northwestern part of China. What struck me then was that, unlike most Chinese folk music, the folk music of that region is not based on a pentatonic [five-note] scale. Instead, it has a seven-note scale similar to the Mixolydian church mode. I wondered what it would be like if one were to use this melodic pattern in a work for Western instruments and whether it would lose its Asian quality. — Bright Sheng

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