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Puppet play in Java : for string orchestra / Betty Beath.
by Betty Beath (2009)
Puppet Play in Java was inspired by memories I have of the music of Sunda, West Java and of the street musicians I often heard playing in Bandung and Jogjakarta. Often these street musicians would sing as they played and sometimes spontaneously move into dance. I loved these unexpected encounters which were part of the colourful life of Java and I sought to capture some of that relaxed and playful spirit in this work. Another particular influence was a poem ‘Genesis’ written by the late Javanese poet Subagio Sastrowardoyo (whose work I love). The poem has to do with the relationship between the puppet maker “who seldom speaks and lives far from the village” and his creation, a puppet “which looks exactly like him with a body, hands and two legs…” It is my hope that those who perform Puppet Play will, like the street musicians in Java sometimes sing as they play.
Published by: Wirripang [979-0-720101-24-8] — 1 score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Medium — Good standard.
Duration: 3 mins
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