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Nawang Wulan : guardian of the earth and rice

by Betty Beath (1980)

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Performance by Betty Beath, Susan Lorette Dunn from the CD Music of Betty Beath

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Work Overview

Nawang Wulan (the guardian of the earth and of rice) is a setting of a poem by the Javanese poet Subagio Sastrowardojo. I particularly enjoyed writing this piece which remains a favourite of mine after many years. In writing the work for the soprano Susan Lorette Dunn, I was very influenced by the strong image of landscape in Java, particularly of the rice-fields...tranquil, green, with gentle breezes which bring both movement and subtle sound. It is a lyrical work in which I have set the original text Bahasa Indonesia. An English translation of this lovely poem is by Dr. Harry Aveling and I quote briefly from that:

Do not speak to me in a worldly way
I am of heaven
Do not brush against my body with your sinful body
I am of heaven
Receive me with flowers
The blood of sorrow and love
Flowers for the baby new-born from its mother's womb
Flowers for the lover sweetly yearning.......

Work Details

Year: 1980

Duration: 3 min.

'Nawang Wulan', with other of Subagio Sastrowardjo's poems, is included in the volume 'Contemporary Indonesian poetry' edited and translated by Dr. Harry Aveling.

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30 Aug 80: Performed as part of an Indonesian Day presentation, University of Queensland. Sponsored by the Musicologial Society of Australia, Queensland Chapter.

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