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Asmaradana : full orchestra

by Betty Beath (1977, this version: 1994)

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Asmaradana, a Javanese song form reserved for themes of heroic or tragic love, originates from the courtly life and music of Central Java. Already well-established by the eleventh century, it endures even today as a well-loved form of expression. I discovered this music through my interest in the poem 'Asmaradana' by the influential Javanese writer and poet Goenawan Mohamad. I originally set this poem for voice and piano using thematic material from a gamelan performance and drew on that material for this orchestral tone poem. I had the great pleasure of introducing this work to an audience in Jakarta, when it was included in a performance given by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Mills during the Music of Australia program held during the Trade and Cultural Mission in Jakarta, Australia Today Indonesia 94.

Work Details

Year: 1977, this version: 1994

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes/cor anglais, clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, harp, piano, timpani, vibraphone, glockenspiel, suspended cymbal, tam tam, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned by Richard Mills for performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills, Taman Ismail Marzuki — 18 Jun 94. Jakarta, Java

Asmaradana is the name given to a Javanese song-form reserved for songs of love. The classic form of the asmaradana was well established in the 11th century and continues as a well-known well-loved form of expression today. The theme of heroic, tragic love is reserved for the Asmaradana song form.

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Asmaradana by Betty Beath

"Asmaradana", a Javanese song form reserved for themes of heroic or tragic love, originates from the courtly life and music of Central Java. Already established by the eleventh century, it endures even today as a well-loved form of expression. In this story, from the poem by Goenawan Mohamad, Damarwulan farewells his love Anjasmara as he leaves to join in battle and meet his death as various omens predict.

 

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18 Jun 94: Jakarta, Java. Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills, Taman Ismail Marzuki.

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