Commissioned Works by the Bandung Philharmonic
Nagara Krtagama by Singgih SanjayaPremiered Sunday, 25 September 2016 @ Dago Tea House
"Titled after the source of inspiration, Sanjaya’s epic symphonic poem Nagara Krtagama explores many facets of the orchestra medium. Like the fourteenth century poem completed by Mpu Prapañca recounting the East Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit and its conquests, the work is structured by dividing the work into numerous sections producing a continuously developing narrative. Nagara Krtagama depicts intense and dramatic moments as well as lush melodious sections that continue to propel this work until its culmination and inevitable end."Curator
Es Lilin by Ni Mursih arr. Fauzie WiriadisastraPremiered Sunday, 25 September 2016 @ Dago Tea House
"Wiriadisastra’s arrangement of Ni Mursih’s popular Sunda song,Es Lilin, features kacapi (zither), angklung, cello, and orchestra. This commission by the Bandung Philharmonic represents of the importance of community involvement in the orchestra. Es Lilin features a newly crafted angklung by Bandung’s angklung maestro, Handiman. The result of this collaboration is a sentimental and beautiful mixture of Sunda Indonesia and the orchestral medium."Curator
Borobudur by Budhi NgurahPremiered Saturday, 14 January 2017 @ Dago Tea House
"The inspiration for the Borobudur composition was my impressions of Borobudur Temple, which has three layers from bottom to top: Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu and Arupadhatu.The lower layer is the largest and the smallest is the top one. This is why we use a long musical form (colotomic cycle), repeated themes with small changes (minimal elements)."Budhi Ngurah
Beethoven di Bandung by Marisa Sharon HartantoPremiered Sunday, 30 April 2017 @ Gedung Budaya Sabilulung
"This work was inspired and is a musical response to the first part of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. This work was written for Bandung Philharmonic for a concert of Beethoven, during which it was premiered. The author tries to imagine what the very Ludwig van Beethoven himself might have heard had he taken a jaunt in Bandung, West Java. Starting from the breeze, the sonic spectra of angklung and gamelan, the atmosphere of the tropical rain, birds singing, crickets chirping, even the banging of kentongan by itinerant food hawkers, the fuss and boisterous noise of Bandung's chaotic traffic."Marisa Sharon Hartanto
Suvenir dari Minangkabau by Arya Pugala KittiPremiered Wednesday, 23 August 2017 @ Dago Tea House
* Winner of the Young Indonesian Composer Competition 2017
The Souvenir From Minangkabau” was born from the drive to lift the arts of the Indonesian people to a field that can be more widely appreciated, as well as to develop its potential as orchestral music material. This work has semi-abstract relationship with traditional Minang dance music, introducing new colors and harmonies that are categorized as modern. The use of 12 tones as in Western music's tonality - unlike the original music - allows for a more expansive exploitation of harmony.
The Souvenir opens with a lively and joyful introduction, then immediately followed by a brass instrument that carries the first theme, with the implementation of an energetic and accented rhythmic motif and polyphonic texture. The early part of this work was inspired by the lively and celebratory characteristics of Minang dance music, with percussive nuances created by the different sections of the orchestra. After the initial section is closed with a short violin solo, a new, contemplative-sounding melody emerges from the wind instrument with the background of the string passage from the string section. The combination of these inflatable tools is made to produce a timbre that mimics the accordion. The inspiration of this part came from thr slow, narrative, and often lyrical music of Minang. This work is concluded with solid harmony, brought to life through a rhythmic pattern that imitates the tambourine.Arya Pugala Kitti
Aki Manggul Awi by Tan De Seng arr. Fauzie WiriadisastraPremiered Saturday, 27 January 2018 @ Hilton Bandung
"Aki Manggul Awi (“Old Man Hauling Bamboos”) is one of Tan De Seng’s Panambih Tembang Sunda (Sundanese Classical Music) which was then arranged by Fauzie Wiriadisastra into a wind ensemble work. Aside from being one of the young composers/conductors in Bandung, Wiriadisastra is also a talented multi-instrumentalist whose ingenuity in this piece is apparent.
Though no actual gong or gamelan were used, their unique sound characteristics will be imitated by other instruments with complete Sundanese tonality, Pelog Degung (Sundanese music scale), and Cengkok (Sundanese ornaments). This piece depicts an old man working very hard to feed his family. On some remote areas in Indonesia, men as old as 70 years old cross dangerous tracks while hauling up to 100 kilograms of heavy objects on their frail backs – for measly wage. Harrowing indeed – but isn’t it true that sacrifice is also a form of love for families?"Fauzie Wiriadisastra
Krakatoa: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by Stacy GarropPremiered Saturday, 27 January 2018 @ Hilton Bandung
* Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.
"Krakatoa for solo viola, strings, and percussion follows the path of the volcano’s four main eruptions. In the first movement, Imminent, the violist uneasily plays as the orchestra (representing the volcano) shows ever-increasing signs of awakening. The orchestra bursts forth into the second movement, Eruption, where it proceeds through four eruptions that get progressively more cataclysmic. After the final and most violent eruption, the violist plays a cadenza that eases the volcano into the third movement, Dormant.
In this final movement, the volcano slumbers, with a hint of Anak Krakatau forming under the sea. The movement ends peacefully with an array of string harmonics, representing the intense and brilliantly colored sunsets generated by Krakatoa’s ash in the earth’s atmosphere. Krakatoa was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University."Stacy Garrop
Gerbang Nias by Nathan Paul IskandarPremiered Saturday, 28 April 2018 @ Dago Tea House
"The 'Gate of Nias' was inspired by 'Fame'e Afo', a traditional dance for welcoming guests in Nias Island. The native islanders of Nias are well known for being very welcoming to visitors.
'Fame'e Afo', also known as the famous welcome dance, features a seven-D-D-E-D-D-E motif that is played continuously as a basic pattern accompaniment for the whole music. Composed in 2017, Iskandar was interested in establishing the seven notes motif into an arrangement of six notes, namely D-D-E-E-D-D, which also serves as an archetype for the whole work.Orchestrated with a contemporary classic style, he is bringing the modern aspects of traditional Indonesian elements into the 21st century.He hopes to encourage young Indonesian listeners to appreciate the traditional value of their Motherland."Nathan Paul Iskandar