Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Kemben" - The Exotic Indonesian Piano Composition

by: Michael Gunadi Widjaja

Kemben becomes the central theme of this composition. 
In other words, it is about the sensuality of woman. 
The sensual part, but always covered. 

As a matter of composition, this composition develops an affection of women sexual charm.
The composition consists of three parts:
• Opening
• Keroncong romance
• Dangdut hot

The opening used the pentatonic. The concept is a “Manunggaling Kawula Gusti” or “Mandala” - from a small universe evolved into a more complex conception of the valuable (adiluhung). Theme of primo 1 is repeated with varied rhythmic, that enriched by secondo 1, primo 2, and secondo 2. Octave parallels are intended to give the impression of a theatrical, that: this is a veil of life - women, with their charm of sexual.

The second part - Keroncong Romance, is about the nature of women. Timid creatures, spoiled, soft, and gentle. The impression is woman who wears kemben, walking apace, squinting eyes, a faint smile, and her hair is slightly damp.

The third part - Hot Dang Dut, describes woman as timid creatures, spoiled, soft, smooth, but in the sublime way it can be wild in lust and sexual dreams. That is why in this section is used a "deconstructive" landscape. Because when she is in lust and wild sexually, there’s no more norm, no more rules - only a single and static harmony to indicate a state of "trance" in crisis lust. 

In Javanese tradition music composition, there’s typical this kind of harmony in DOLALAK of Banyumas, Sintren of Tegal, and Jathilan of Solo. Impressions in this section are: woman with kemben, seated, with her hands holding the hair, exposing a hairy armpit as a reflection of the wild lust. Then the women were swaying in a trance state, covered with fragrant sandalwood, while the kemben sags.


Get the score HERE

(for two pianos, eight hands)
by: Michael Gunadi Widjaja
Performed by: Golden Fingers Piano Ensemble
Pianolicious Moment @ Istituto Italiano, October 7th, 2012