Bright Sheng: Colors of Crimson, for Marimba and Orchestra

Marimba 2(Pic).2(Ca).2(Bcl).2(Cbn)/3220/Timp.2Perc/Pf.Hp/Str

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    Bright Sheng
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Arrangement
    Marimba/Orchestra (MAR/ORCH)
  • Format
  • Genre
    20th Century


Concerto for marimba and orchestra - solo marimba part only. To me, one of the most challenging aspects in writing for the marimba is the instrument's small range of timbral variety. I have attempted to adjust this limitation by using different devices in orchestration; some of them are subtle while other times bold. What I hope to provide is a diversity of tonal shades within the overall monotonic timbre of the marimba – Colors of Crimson. The basic thematic material of the work comes from a reconstruction of a love song I wrote during my teenage years. At the time, I was living in Qinghai – a remote province of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in northwest China – where the folk music tradition has always been abundant. — Bright Sheng

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