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Kembang Suling

for flute and marimba

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1995
Duration:  10m

Gareth Farr

Composer:   Gareth Farr

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Gareth Farr: Kembang Suling...

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I. On the magical island of Bali, flowing gamelan melodies intertwine with the sound of the "suling" (Balinese bamboo flute) to form rich colourful tapestries. The marimba and flute start out as one, their sounds indistinguishable. Bit by bit the flute asserts its independence, straying further and further from the marimba melody. An argument ensues - but all is resolved at the climax.

II. The haunting sounds of the Japanese "shakuhachi" flute float out over the warm echoes of the rolling landscape.

III. Complex rhythms and South Indian scales set the two instruments off in a race to see who can outplay the other. The marimba is set in a three bar cycle of 5/4 + 5/8 + 5/6 but the flute plays a different cross rhythm each time, returning to the marimba's pattern at the end of every cycle.

from Tangaroa - Trust Records

Difficulty note

Has previously been performed in the Schools' Chamber Music Contest.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Alexa Still

Contents note

in three movements

Performance history

07 Mar 1996: Performed by Alexa Still (flute) and Gareth Farr (marimba) at the 1996 International Festival of the Arts, Wellington

06 May 2007: Gareth Farr Portrait

06 May 2007: Gareth Farr Portrait: Auckland Chamber Orchestra

20 Apr 2008: Beginnings

16 Mar 2009: Music At Twilight: Douglas and Fitzsimons

12 Sep 2010: Performed by Patrica Zuber (flute) and Greg Zuber (marimba) at the New York Chamber Music Festival, Symphony Space, Sharp Theatre, New York

23 Aug 2014: Kembang Suling; Raphael and Manghi 230814

15 Feb 2015: It's Summer Down Under


24 Jul 2022: MSO@Pakuranga | Simple Symphony

Performed by Alexa Still (flute) and Gareth Farr (marimba)

Performed by Jeremy Fitzsimons (marimba) and Bridget Douglas (flute)

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