The online presentation of the Bright Sheng Collection at the Bentley Historical Library is one of many entres into the life's work of Bright Sheng (1955 - ), a premier contemporary composer who considers himself "100 per cent American, 100 per cent Chinese." The rich variety of media constituting the Bright Sheng Collection demonstrate the complexity of his creative and academic processes as composer, conductor, performer, scholar, teacher, and colleague. The site serves as an entrance way to this MacArthur Fellow's career by offering search avenues into samples from his archives of sound, image, and text.
The full archival collection to date encompasses a wealth of manuscripts and printed scores, reviews and tributes, correspondence and curricular materials, performances and recordings, and research material gathered along the Silk Road. Bibliographic and archival description in the site enable the viewer to discover what all is available within the Bright Sheng Collection.
Links to related sites offer further academic and commercial sources on Bright Sheng. As Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, Bright Sheng has established his archival collection at the Bentley Historical Library to preserve his creative process and to enable ready access to it, with additional content to arrive over time.