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Lagu lagu manis : cello with piano

by Betty Beath (1993)

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Performance by Gary Williams, Betty Beath from the CD Journeys of the mind

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Work Overview

Lagu Lagu Manis (Sweet Melodies), was written for the cellist, Gary Williams. It is influenced by sweet melodies I heard and loved in Java and Bali and also by the words of my mentor, Balinese musician Cokorde Agung Mas: 'the music must enter the hearts and minds of the musicians'. The work is tonally based on the pelog scale and begins with an extended section for solo cello. The piano enters, also with a short solo, and the work draws to a conclusion with a dialogue between the two instruments.

In 1994, I went on to create an orchestral tone poem based on this work for cello and piano. The orchestral work, Lagu Lagu Manis 2 (1994), was recorded in performance by the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria, conducted by Tsanko Delibozov.

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced student/professional.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gary Williams

Commission note: Commissioned by Gary Williams.

First performance: by Gary Williams, Betty Beath — May 96. The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba


Lagu lagu manis

I wrote this piece for Gary Williams in 1993. We gave the first performance in Toowoomba and recorded the work in 1994 at Grevillea Studios. The piece for me, as I wrote it was a reminiscence of Bali and Balinese music. I am presenting this video in memory of Gary Williams, who died on the 28th December, 2013. He was a fine musician and a valued friend. (Betty Beath)



Performances of this work

1998: Final in a series of six lectures in the 1998 Boyer Lecture series held in Government House, Sydney given by the distinguished Australian writer David Malouf. His topic was: "A Spirit of Play - the Making of Australian Consciousness".. Featuring Adrian Wallace, Mark Isaacs.

May 96: The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Featuring Gary Williams, Betty Beath.

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