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Fantasia on a Theme from Thailand
By Richard Meyer

Orchestra - Grade 2.5
Composed by Richard Meyer. MakeMusic Cloud; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles; String Orchestra. Highland/Etling String Orchestra. Form: Fantasia. Multicultural. Score and Part(s). 62 pages. Highland/Etling #00-24959. Published by Highland/Etling (AP.24959).

Item Number: AP.24959

ISBN 9781470653422. English.

This selection is essentially a set of variations on the Pong Lang Dance, one of Thailand's most popular melodies. The pong lang is a suspended vertical wooden xylophone whose keys are arranged upside down, with the low notes on the upper end and the high notes at the bottom. The melody uses the pentatonic scale and is very simple in nature. The variations do not retain the phrase lengths or harmonic structure of the original melody as traditional variations would, but rather expand on fragments of the original tune in a variety of tempi and styles. After this exploration, the original melody returns, gradually gaining speed and energy as one would hear in a traditional performance of this dance. This title is available in MakeMusic Cloud.

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  • June 16, 2008 amazingly Asian!!!!

    this song was amazing. it kind of sad. and it remained me of the continent that i used to live on. when i listen to this song, it reminded me a lots of old memory.

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