Malam Putih : for two violas & Toggungak
by Katia Tiutiunnik (2012)
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Malam Putih for two violas and togunggak, derives its melodic material from my viola solo, White Night, which was born out of a spiritual experience I underwent on one of the Saint-Petersburg's "white nights", during a concert trip to that immortal Russian city, in June 2006. In Malam Putih, each violist plays a version of White Night, in stretto imitation, half a measure apart, creating a phased effect which is intended to be evocative of the dream state.
Instrumentation: Two violas and togunggak ensemble.
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Glenn Suinggi, Melvin David. Dedicated to Melvin David, Glenn Suinggi Dedicated to my viola students Melvin David and Glenn Suinggi, from the Fakulti Musik, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia.
First performance: by Melvin David, Glenn Suinggi, Toggungak Ensemble of the Fakulti Musik, Universiti Teknologi Mara — 16 Jun 12. Konsert Muzikal Borneo: “Muzik Merentas Sempadan”, at the Auditorium Parcel E, Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia
The composer notes the following styles, genres, subjects etc associated with this work:
Music of Borneo, Ashkenazi, Jewish music, Russian music, Dream psychology, The music of Sabah and Sarawak, Arab music.
Performances of this work
1 Dec 2012: at Malaysian Composers' Series, Event 4: Ross Carey, Katia Tiutiunnik and Students (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLpac)). Featuring Glenn Suinggi, Toggungak Ensemble of the Fakulti Musik, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Melvin David.
9 Nov 2012: at Music for Life (Kasturi Walk).
16 Jun 12: Konsert Muzikal Borneo: “Muzik Merentas Sempadan”, at the Auditorium Parcel E, Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Featuring Melvin David, Glenn Suinggi, Toggungak Ensemble of the Fakulti Musik, Universiti Teknologi Mara.
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