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The String Quartet No.3 was commissioned and world premiered by the Takacs quartet in 1993. It was recorded by Shanghai Quartet in 2002. This album, includes Bright Sheng's String Quartet no.4, Four Movements for Piano Trio, and Three Songs for Pipa and Violoncello, is available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes.

String Quartet No. 3 "Elegy" (1993)

Program Note

This work was inspired by the memory of a Tibetan folk dance which I came across in the late 1970’s when I was living in Qinghai Province. What I remember most about this particular dance is that started with a free-rhythm folk singing and it segued into a very rhythmic dance, over which the free-style singing continued. Although the structure of the quartet bears some resemblance to my memory of this dance, I did not attempt to recreate the dance scene. Rather, in many ways, my faint memory served as a point of departure for the composition. The materials in this work develop towards the final Larghetto section, which is an elegy in memoriam of friends recently died.

String Quartet No. 3 was written between May and September of 1993. It was co-commissioned by Lincoln Center or the Performing Arts in New York City, the University of California at Berkeley, The Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado and the Takacs Quartet, whom gave the world premiere that fall, and to whom the work is dedicated.

盛宗亮 第三弦乐四重奏 “挽歌”


第三弦乐四重奏作于 1993 年 5 月至 8 月间。作品由六个组织联合委约:纽约市林肯表演艺术中心、加州大学伯克利分校、印第安纳波利斯室内音乐协会、爱喔华大学、科罗拉多大学、以及 Takacs 弦乐四重奏组。该组亦于 1993 年秋季世界首演此曲。

—Bright Sheng