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Myanmar: Music by the Hsaing Waing Orchestra: The Burmese Harp

Myanmar: Music by the Hsaing Waing Orchestra: The Burmese Harp

The music of Burma (officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar) is characterized by two types of music: chamber music played solo on instruments such as the Burmese harp, and orchestra music played primarily on percussion instruments.

Yet, according to ethnomusicologist Jacques Brunet, Burmese music is almost entirely vocal in origin, “and each composition—even an instrumental one—can be recalled merely by singing the words of the poem which give it individual character. The great families of musicians (music is often passed on from father to son) still know the entire repertoire by heart, as music is learnt from the outset by repeating the words while practicing on the instrument.”

Disc one features chamber music performed on the Burmese harp. Constructed with13 strings, the harp is considered by the Burmese to be their national instrument. Disc two presents orchestra music performed by a hsaing waing ensemble. Hsaing waing is traditional music played primarily on percussion instruments featuring the pat waing, a 21-drum set in ascending size arranged in a circle.  Included among the selections is music played as the overture to court performances of the Ramayana.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
In the midst of the flower garden (pulé mode) Maung Min Zaw 10:19
102
Sombre climate (pulé mode) Maung Kyay 4:54
103
The girl Yamonna (autpyin mode) Maung Kyay 13:22
104
Flowers on the river (myinzaing mode) Maung Kyay 4:01
105
In praise of the city of Mandalay (pulé mode) Maung That Win 2:48
106
The beauty of the skies (pulé mode) Maung That Win 4:07
107
Invocation of the Buddha (thanyu mode) Maung That Win 5:16
108
The king in love (thanyu mode) Maung That Win 6:50
109
The lotus shines on the lake (autpyin mode) Maung That Win 6:20
110
On the hill (autpyin mode) Maung That Win 5:45
201
The seven dances Hsaing waing orchestra of Master Sein Tin Htay 12:51
202
Yama (The dance of Rama) Hsaing waing orchestra of Master Sein Tin Htay 8:19
203
To the right on the mountain Hsaing waing orchestra of Master Sein Tin Htay 8:45
204
The forest of Kanda Hsaing waing orchestra of Master Sein Tin Htay 8:10
205
The garland of flowers in full bloom Hsaing waing orchestra of Master Sein Tin Htay 19:45

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