Monday, June 9, 2008

Song for Princess Galyani by Narong

Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, the elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away at the age of 84 on the early morning of Wednesday, 2 January 2008.
The Princess was born May 6, 1923, in London, England, as Her Serene Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, the only daughter born to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince Father and the Princess Mother.
The song, “น้ำใจ ไม่มีกาลเวลา”
This song composed in collaboration between Narong Prangcharoen and Bundit Ungrangsee. Both are Sillapathorn Artist or Contemporary National Artist of Thailand. The song composed as a memorial piece for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. The Ministry of Culture of Thailand announced the National competition to find the lyric for this song. The winner of this competition is มนต์ชีพ ศิวะสินางกูร This song recorded by American Soprano, Marry Jane Ungrangsee and young talented Thai guitarist, Ekachai Jearakul.
Listen to the song น้ำใจ ไม่มีกาลเวลา here
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About the Composer
Thai composer, Narong Prangcharoen began his composition studies in Thailand with Narongrit Dhammabutra and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok. He received his Master’s Degree in Composition from Illinois State University, where he received an Assistantship to study with Stephen Taylor and David Feurzieg. He has received scholarships, and assistantship from University of Missouri-Kansas City for his studies in the Doctoral Program in Composition. Mr. Prangcharoen also teaches Composition, Orchestration and Ensemble for Composers at University of Missouri-Kansas City as a part of his assistantship.
Mr. Prangcharoen currently is a doctoral candidate in the doctoral program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studies composition under the direction of Zhou Long, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Chen Yi.

-Khun Narong on the news-
Thai composer won coveted ASO award
After a yearlong competition, a Thai composer has won a coveted award from the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Narong Prangcharoen is the winner of the Annapolis Charter 300 Young Composers Competition, besting three other finalists and taking the $5,000 prize. He'll also get the chance to have his nine-minute work, "Tri-Sattawat" ("Three Centuries"), included on the ASO's first professional recording, which will be out in late 2008 or early 2009, according to the symphony. "We're proud and thrilled," said symphony President Lee Streby. "There was a very tight competition."
He was in Chicago last year in June 2007. The picture below was taken from the Orchestra Concert "Phenomenon" at the Millennium Park. The music was composed by Khun Narong and performed by the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago.
The following day, Khun Narong was invited to the Consul General's mansion for a dinner.

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