Lagu lagu manis II : chamber orchestra
by Betty Beath (1994)
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The persistence of memory / Gallagher. Diagonal / Pelinka. Lagu lagu manis II / Beath. Notturno urbano / Nuorvala. The furies / Mageau.
Library shelf no. CD 370 [Available for loan]
Lagu Lagu Manis 2, in translation Sweet Melodies 2, is a work influenced by the memory of melodies I heard during journeys to Java and Bali. I did not attempt to notate particular melodies, but rather to draw upon various fragments which lingered in the mind years after the actual experience of hearing the subtle, sometimes exuberant melodies which, originally, were often played on the suling (a bamboo flute), or sometimes in gamelan performance.
Tonally Lagu Lagu Manis 2 is based on the pelog scale; but when considering an analysis of the work, I refer to the Balinese approach to music. In the words of a distinguished Balinese musician, the late Cokorde Agung Mas of Ubud: "the music must enter the heart and mind of the musician". I acknowledge with respect that, over time, the content of this work entered my heart and mind, allowing an intuitive response in the writing of the work.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, timpani, percussion and strings.
Duration: 8 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra
Commission note: Commissioned by Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.
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