Music Library is delighted to present the musical compositions by these students from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music: Kittaphan Janbuala, Wu Na and Thatchatham Silsupan. We thank the students for the gifts of their works to the library. We have been very fortunate in receiving the intellectual works of current and former students for our collection and hope that the display of works would encourage other students to share their talents by donating their compositions.
Kittiphan graduated in 2006 from the College of Music, Mahidol University, where he studied under Valeriy Rizayev. In 2004, 2006 and 2008, he participated in the “Young Thai Artist Award Competition” (Music Composition Section) held in Bangkok, Thailand, and was selected for the finalist awards. Recently, he was a finalist in the KL Contemporary Music Festival in 2009 and he was also awarded a scholarship to pursue the Graduate Diploma at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Kittiphan’s works include Komposition 5 for Solo Violoncello & Solo Percussion, Composition 6 (7) for Large Ensemble and Resound for Brass Quintet.
Wu Na’s works include Nostalgia for Piano Trio, Diversification for Piano Solo, A Farewell Vocal Song and Impression for String Quartet. Nostalgia for Piano Trio was composed in Spring 2009, when Wu Na was an exchange student at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. The inspiration of the piece came from her being homesick when she was far from her family and friends. Diversification for Piano Solo has three short movements that are closely related to each other in pitch materials. Wu Na included words which sound like her name as she wanted to use the voice to enhance the magical, peaceful and dreamy feelings of the music in the final movement. The themes from each of the four movements in Impression for String Quartet are related to one another by a motif from the themes of the previous movement. Wu Na’s intention is to explore the many different ways this pair of intervals can generate a theme and counter-theme for the four movements. A Farewell was dedicated to the end of her exchange program at the Peabody Institute. The piece begins with a sense of instability. With the advancement of scales played in the middle section, the piece moved to C sharp major and Wu Na successfully achieved the climax of the piece through the special effects at the end.
Despite not having any classical music background, Thatchatham decided to become a composer after hearing Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire during his pre-college studies at the College of Music at the Mahidol University in Bangkok. After graduating with the Best Student Award, he has been participating actively in the local and regional contemporary music scene. He received a scholarship from the Asian Composers’ League (ACL) Hong Kong to attend the Young Composers Programme and he was selected to present his work in a masterclass with Christopher Theofanidis at the Peabody Institute as an exchange student in Fall 2009. Thatchatham’s Transitory Study I is a six-minute piece written for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. It is based on the exploration of the relationship between sound, noise and silence.
The students’ compositions will be featured at a recital on 30 April while the display of works at the Music Library will be on until 28 May 2010. If you are inspired by the recital and display and would like to donate your works to the library, do come by and let us know!