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Kolele Mai 1

Sheet Music: Score

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

by Martin Wesley-Smith (2002)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo classical guitar.
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  • Audio Sample

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


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

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

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

Originally titled: Kolele Mai.

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

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720125-63-3

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This work is also available in the following products:

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

Kolele mai
Digital Audio: Kolele mai / Martin Wesley-Smith ; performed by Tim Kain


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