Sun music II : for orchestra
by Peter Sculthorpe (1969)
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Sun Music II 'Ketjak' The basis of Ketjak was written in
1968 as additional material to the Sun Music series, for Robert
Helpmann's presentation of the Sun Music Ballet. Ketjak is the
word for a Balinese circular dance which evolves from the vocal
and rhythmic accompaniment to the trance-ritual sanghyang. The
Ketjak is often given the more colloquial name 'monkey-dance'; it
is performed only by men, who imitate the sound of gamelan in
their singing, which is ecstatic in character. Although
Sculthorpe drew his rhythmic and textual ideas from the Balinese
prototype, in no way does his composition attempt to imitate the
Indonesian, but remains content to reflect the composer's
interest in Asia as opposed to Europe for his source of
Sun Music II was written for the 1969 Sydney Promenade Concerts. Peter Sculthorpe
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), strings.
Duration: 6 min.
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- Influenced by: Balinese culture
Performances of this work
16 Nov 19: Concert Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, QLD
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