Royal compositions in concert

music March 18, 2017 10:40

By The Nation

Five big bands from five universities around Bangkok are commemorating His Majesty the late King Bhumibol’s legacy and passion in music at the free concert, “Tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej” taking place at the Open Space in front of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre today (March 18) from 5 to 10pm.

The CU Clarinet Ensemble from Chulalongkorn University, the Kasetsart Wind Symphony, the Rangsit University Jazz Orchestra, Silpasean from Silpakorn University, and Pomelo Town from College of Music, Mahidol University will perform the late King’s compositions.

    His Majesty began to compose songs in earnest when he turned 18 years old, and in 1946, composed his first-ever song, the blues number “Candlelight Blues”. He held back on going public with it however, feeling that he still needed to polish the tune for better effect. As a result, the first royal song released to the Thai public was “Love at Sundown”.

    His third song was “Falling Rain”, a sweet waltz that remains popular with Thai listeners until today. The fourth and final number he composed during his pre-accession days as the king's younger brother was titled “Near Dawn”. 

    His Majesty continued to produce a steady flow of compositions after taking the throne. Songs written in this period include “Blue Day”, “Dream of Love, Dream of You”, and “Love Light in My Heart”. 

His Majesty was always been generous with his permission to have his music played for the enjoyment of Thai people on numerous occasions. “Love at Sundown” was featured in a fund-raising concert for the Anti-Tuberculosis Society of Thailand, “Falling Rain” was played to entertain the crowd at the gathering of the Chicken Breeders Association of Thailand, and “Smiles” was written to help boost the morale of members of the School for the Blind. He also wrote military marches and patriotic anthems, for example, “Rao Su” (“We Shall Fight”), “Kwamfan An Sungsud” (“The Noblest Dream”), and “Rao Su” (“Our Motherland”) to fire up the people's patriotic sentiments. Other compositions include alma maters and New Year songs to offer best wishes and luck to his subjects on the festive occasion. 

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