Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester
nach einer buddhistischen Erzählung aus Thailand
At 1st and 2nd June 2012 the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) premiered an
extraordinary orchestral work by Swiss composer Fabian Müller.
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.
Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien and Claude Villaret at the Musical College of Mahidol University.
Rehearsal of «Sirimadi»
Traditional Thai Instruments used in the orchestration