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Kolele Mai 1 : for solo guitar

by Martin Wesley-Smith (2002)

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Performance by Tim Kain, Belinda Webster from the CD Mirrors of fire

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Mirrors of fire : Australian guitar originals / Timothy Kain, guitar.

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Kolele Mai 1 : for solo guitar / Martin Wesley-Smith.

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Work Overview

This piece is based on the traditional East Timorese song Kolele Mai. In 1975, new words were written by Timorese resistance poet Francisco Borja da Costa, who was murdered by invading Indonesian soldiers on Dec 7 1975. The song became a rallying point for East Timorese people working for independence. In 1999, the people were finally granted a vote for, on the one hand, independence or, on the other, autonomy within Indonesia. They courageously voted for independence. The Indonesian military - the TNI - and its militia terrorised the nation before leaving, forcing hundreds of thousands of Timorese to go with them. In 2002, East Timor finally became, formally, an independent nation. I hoped that Kolele Mai would bring attention to East Timor's culture.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Solo classical guitar.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Tim Kain with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Tim Kain, Belinda Webster — ABC Studio 200

The composer notes that the work is tonal and guitaristic in style.

Originally titled: Kolele Mai.

Performances of this work

2002: Litchfield Park, Darwin, during Darwin International Guitar Festival. Featuring Tim Kain.

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