Classical 91.5

Wang Jie

Chinese-American composer Wang Jie was born in Shanghai shortly after the Culture Revolution, and came to the United States to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Jie’s music incorporates Chinese and Western classical styles, and often revolves around social issues such as nature, the environment, disability, war, love and loss.

Love at Fifth Sight: On Becoming a Composer

Apr 16, 2018

A guest blog by composer Wang Jie

Almost all musicians cocoon their mistakes behind practice room doors. When they walk on stage, their bow marks the beginning of truth, and beauty, and butterflies. I’m a composer. I make all my mistakes in public, in front of musicians I admire, people I care about. Still, after each performance of my work, I’m invited to appear on stage to take bows. Nine out of ten of these performances are world premieres. I will have just greeted the result of months, sometimes years of gestation and labor.