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Sheet Music: Score

Asmaradana / by Betty Beath.

by Betty Beath (1994)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes/cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, harp, piano, timpani, percussion (2 players: vibraphone, glockenspiel, suspended cymbal, tam tam), strings.
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    Performance by Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruben Silva from the CD Music with Indonesian influence


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (13p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 mins

Dedicated to Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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

Includes programme note.

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.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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Parts: Asmaradana / by Betty Beath.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Solo Piano


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