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Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences and Humanities



Doctorate Creative Research Composition: King Bhumibol and His Phenomenal Music Legacy for Jazz Orchestra

  • Palangpon Songpaiboon, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Corresponding author, Email: palangpons@hotmail.com
  • Weerachat Premananda, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Den Euprasert, Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University, Pathum Thani, Thailand


The doctorate creative research composition: King Bhumibol and His Phenomenal Music Legacy for Jazz Orchestra is large-scale program music for paying tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King who connected and touched the people hearts with Music. His compositions bring joy, courage, unity, and rising the nation. The 35-minute duration of the four comprising movements expresses the grateful moments and love from the people. The 1st movement, King Bhumibol Adulyadej Square, is opening music that presents number 4 as to represent the “Bhumibol Square” theme whereby it has been served as the main musical concept and aspect throughout the composition. The 2nd movement, His Passion and Inspiration, was composed on Lydian melodic mode combined with Dixieland Jazz rhythmics and the highlight cadenza played by solo violin using Rondo form to function the movement. The 3rd movement, His Music and His People is a sectional form of five motives that applied the complex meters and repeating technique inspired by minimalism music. The 4th movement, The Musical Legacy of the Nation, presents a polyrhythm technique as the functional element of the entire movement. Pentatonic scale plays a vital role in creating melodic and harmonic functions as well as outstanding quantal-quintal harmony. The first public presentation was on April 7th, 2021, at Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University, and received high acclaim as the composition that has fulfilled an academic purpose as a national novel composition.

Keywords: Program Music, Dixieland Jazz, Jazz Orchestra, Cyclic Form, Improvisation

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DOI: 10.14456/rjsh.2021.10


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