Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Java – Pays Sounda – Musique et Chants Traditionnels – Disques Alvarès LD 110, recorded by Merry Ottin in Bandung, 1969 (LP)

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According to Sundanese culture scholar Viviane Sukanda*, “This record is the first to highlight Sundanese Tembang Sunda (Sundanese flowers) vocal and instrumental music.” On the album, a traditional quartet, featuring Oyo Suwardi (six-hole suling flute), Achmad (long 18-string kepaci zither), Yaya  (16-string rincik zither) and Udjang (seven-string jentreng zither), plays instrumental music (A1, A3, B3).

 

On five other tracks the quartet accompanies female vocalist Imas Permas (A2, A4, B1, B2, B4) and male vocalists Rd. Safarman Bratawidjaja (A2, A4) and Karman Sastraprawira (B4). The suling flute and three zithers weave dreamlike, mellow and sensuous music behind the vocalists’ heartfelt poetic musings.


Nelengnengkung (or Panimang) [excerpt from lullaby B1]


To the sound of the gong, to the sound of the gong, 

Quickly be strong and mature, 

Quickly go seek Knowledge, 

Quickly learn how to love your mother. 

 

Go to the end of the Pandak river, 

Go to its very mouth, 

You will never find anything comparable,

To a mother’s love for her child.

Selon la spécialiste de culture sundanaise Viviane Sukanda*, « (…) Ce disque est le premier à 
mettre au jour la musique et les Chants Soundanais. Les chants que Merry Ottin présente ici 
appartiennent à l'une des richesses multi centenaires de la culture soundanaise propre à la 
province de Java Ouest.  (…) Ils sont appelés Tembang Sunda, les Fleurs Soundanaises, tant 
sous leur aspect instrumental que vocal, et appartiennent à l'une des plus belles musique de 
l’Indonésie. » 
 
Sur l'album, un quatuor traditionnel, avec Oyo Suwardi (flûte suling à six trous), Achmad (longue cithare kepaci à 18 cordes), Yaya (cithare rincik à 16 cordes) et Udjang (cithare jentreng à 7 cordes), joue de la musique instrumentale (A1, A3, B3) ou accompagne la chanteuse Imas Permas (A2, A4, B1, B2, B4) et les chanteurs Rd. Safarman Bratawidjaja (A2, A4) et Karman Sastraprawira (B4). La flûte suling et les trois cithares tissent une musique onirique, douce et sensuelle derrière les envolées poétiques des chanteurs.

Nelengnengkung (ou Panimang) [extrait de la berceuse B1]


« Au son du gong, au son du gong, 

vite sois donc fort, vite sois donc grand 

pars vite cueillir la Connaissance 

apprends vite à aimer ta mère. 

 

Vas jusqu'au bout du fleuve Pandak, 

vas jusqu'à son embouchure, 

même l'amour d'une mère pour son enfant, 

même en cherchant n'a son pareil»

 

*From the liner notes


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Our other Sundanese music posts:

Sulaeman – Kacapi Suling - Sundanese Flute & Zither (1975) – Universitas Nasional here

Sunda – Gamelan Degung directed by Enip Sukanda (1972) here

 

Our other post of Merry Ottin recordings:

Bali – Paradis des Iles de la Sonde – Disques Alvarès LD 113 here



Photograph below is from L'Art de l'Asie du Sud-Est, Citadelles & Mazenod, 1994:


Illustration: This 19th century Wayang Klitik flat wooden puppet from Eastern Java is markedly different from the three-dimensional Wayang Golek Sundanese rod-puppets from Western Java pictured on the LP’s front cover (above).

 

“Wayang is the traditional theatre of Java, Sunda (West Java), Bali, Lombok, Sumatra, Kalimantan in Indonesia and Malaysia. The term wayang is believed to derive from bayang (shadow), and shadow theatre puppetry is considered the model for other forms of this puppet, mask or dance performance. Music, and its visible manifestation dance, are both central to wayang performance.”**

**https://wepa.unima.org/en/wayang/


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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for your beautiful music, beautiful images, and informative posts. I was saving this, and am glad I did. It made a stunning beginning to my Sunday.
    Your work is making life a little better for all of us.

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  2. Hey, man. The archives, both mp3 and flac, are damaged. Please reupload them!

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    1. Hi Michel, I just downloaded both and didn't encounter any issues. Have your tried downloading using a different browser? Good luck

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  3. It's awesome. Track A3 is deadly beautiful!
    Thanks to share. I've got few records from Bali and I bought all I find, but it's not so easy to find.

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