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«Sirimadi» for Violoncello and Orchestra (2011)

At 1st and 2nd June 2012 the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) premiered Sirimadi at the Musical College of Mahidol University. Specially composed for the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Switzerland, the composer elaborated his orchestral work within the western music tradition and with musical and thematic references to Thailand. The composer derived his inspiration from the fairy tale of Queen Sirimadi from the Panya Chadok (Thai Jataka Collection). Jatakas describe previous lives of the Buddha and his path to enlightenment. The story was initially written down on palm leaves and later translated from Tai Lue language. The tale revolves around Queen Sirimadi who follows King Yotsakit into the woods to lead an eremitical life after Yotsakit has decided that this was the only way to avoid bloodshed in the city of Djampak. King Yotsakit soon after is captured and brought to prison by the army of the evil King Wiluparat who now occupies Djampak. As the king recognizes his hopeless situation, he askes Sirimadi to flee to save their unborn child she is carrying. Years pass and the prince, whom Sirimadi gives the name Siri Wibun Kit, grows into a beautiful boy who serves his mother with all his strength. The story then follows the courageous prince who is prepared to sacrifice himself for his parents and describes how the prince reaches the enlightenment by his love and gratitude. "It is an inspiring, dramatic-epic story of love and loyalty, of wise leadership and enlightenment», explains the Swiss composer. «It was my concern in this work, to create a reference to Thailand, which is in addition to the musical pictures to the story also brought to bear by the orchestration.» In Müller’s composition traditional Thai instruments, including two Khawang Mawn and a Ching & Chab, complement the symphonic instrumentation. A lyrical music emerges, which in its sometimes «romantic» tones may remind one of film music.

Info

Inspired by a Buddhist tale from Thailand. Commissioned for the anniversary «80 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Thailand» in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.

Instrumentation

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (A), 2 Bassoons
4 Horns (F), 2 Trumpets (C), 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone
Timpani, various percussion
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass

Duration

about 24 minutes

Scores

Complete Work on hire

JEC EFM055-LM

Concerts

June 02nd, 2012
04:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

2011 the Swiss Embassy in Thailand was celebrating 80 years of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. As part of this celebration a new piece for cello and orchestra, written for the «Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra» has its world premiere. The two concerts were postponed because of the floods in fall 2011, and will be now in June 2012. The approximately 25-minute work in one movement is inspired by the Thai tale about the Queen Sirimadi. Soloist will be Pi-Chin Chien and the orchestra will be conducted by Claude Villaret.

Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

June 01st, 2012
07:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

2011 the Swiss Embassy in Thailand was celebrating 80 years of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. As part of this celebration a new piece for cello and orchestra, written for the «Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra» has its world premiere. The two concerts were postponed because of the floods in fall 2011, and will be now in June 2012. The approximately 25-minute work in one movement is inspired by the Thai tale about the Queen Sirimadi. Soloist will be Pi-Chin Chien and the orchestra will be conducted by Claude Villaret.

Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret