Deriving its beauty from seven classical Thai songs written during the early Rattanakosin era, Piano Concerto Of Siam, the most recent composition by Prof Narongrit Dhamabutra, has had a unique and significantly long journey.
Narongrit had his musical training in the US and is teaching at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. For over two decades, he has been recognised for his incorporation of Thai musical idioms with contemporary Western compositional techniques. Not only does he preserve the beautiful norms of Thai classical music, but Narongrit also successfully develops, extensively expands and meticulously crafts them by means of his expertise in advanced Western-trained composition skills.
Reflecting on the nation's identity, Piano Concerto Of Siam is a set of seven piano concerti with a string orchestra. Each concerto, namely Saratee, Saiyoke, Lao Pan, Phaya Soke, Somsongsang, Nok Khamin, and Fon Ngiew, is based on arrangements of traditional Thai songs for piano solos created more than four decades ago by National Artist Col Choochart Pitaksakorn. Without writing them out in manuscripts, Col Choochart taught this set orally to Prof Natchar Pancharoen. Two years ago, the collection was transcribed by Ajahn Pimchanok Suwannathada of Silpakorn University and was published and made available to the public as Piano Literature Of Siam.
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