Samuel Barber: The Daisies

Written by Bright Sheng

Composer

February 13, 2019

I love this popular song because of the simplicity and charm it brings out from the moving eighth notes on both the voice and piano. Sometimes the least pretentious can be most rewarding.

Leontyne Price with Barber at the piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmXeA1GpXns
Marilyn Horne with Martin Katz

Bright Sheng

Bright Sheng is respected as one of the foremost composers of our time, whose stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works are performed regularly throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Born in Shanghai, China, he moved to the United States in the 1980’s and has been a professor of music at the University of Michigan since 1995. A composer with a distinctive and original voice, Sheng has created an oeuvre that is not only with Asian influence but also with a strong synthesis of Western musical tradition. His Three Chinese Love Songs will be performed in NYFOS’s Hyphenated-Americans on February 20 at Merkin Concert Hall.

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