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After the successful world premiere of violin concerto Let Fly at Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Gil Shaham, Lenard Slatkin, and Fayfay Sheng October 4-6 2013. Thanks to hard work of musicians from DSO and input of Leonard and Gil!. Especially Thanks to Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation!

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Bright Sheng's newest album will be released by Naxos on February 12th. 2021, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year! It's now available for pre-order at iTunes. (Cover art by Fayfay Sophie Sheng in 2017)

This new album feathers Sheng's most recent violin conerto LET FLY, and ZODIAC TALES, a concerto for Orchestra, as well as his new orchestral work SUZHOU OVERTURE. This is a collabration with Shanghai Symphony and Suzhou Symphony, conducted by Bright Sheng himself, with Dan Zhu as the violin soloist, one of the finest and busiest in the world.

Let Fly (2013)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Listening Sample 1.

Listening Sample 2.

Listening Sample 3.

Program Note

Let Fly—Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, the London BBC Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony. The composition was written for Gil Shaham, to whom it is dedicated.

World premiere: October 4th, 2013, Gil Shaham, Violin, Detroit Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin; Asia premiere: January 4th, 2014, Gil Shaham, Violin, Singapore Symphony conducted by Shui Lan; European premiere: May 9th, 2014, Gil Shaham, Violin, The London BBC Symphony conducted by Sakari Oramo. Instrumentation: solo violin, two flutes (second doubles piccolo), two oboes (second doubles English horn), two clarinets in Bb (second doubles bass clarinet in Bb), two bassoons (second doubles contra-bassoon), four French horns in F, two trumpets both in Bb and C, tenor trombone, bass trombone, timpani, three percussionists (playing crotales, glockenspiel, vibraphone, low bass-drum, large tamtam (60”), wind gong, large tambourine, low bango, high and low congas, guiro, triangle), harp, and strings.

Borrowed from a folk song genre in southeast China (‘flying song’), the title of the work came from two inspirations. First, it is the aural image of the violin melody just flying off in the air, an everlasting sensation when I first saw Gil Shaham perform a concert. The second inspiration of the title came from my daughter Fayfay (homonym for ‘to fly’ in Chinese). I wrote a child rhyme named after her when she was born on November 15th, 2010. And the first phrase of the song appears a few times in the composition.

The work is simply structured: three movements in one, with a cadenza between the second and third movement. The soloist is encouraged to write his or her own cadenza, of no more than 1-2 minutes, ideally based on the materials which have appeared up to this point of the concerto.

—Bright Sheng


飞飞歌 (2013)