Musical Composition: Nora Overture for Big Band Ensemble

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: Musical Composition: Nora Overture for Big Band Ensemble
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Theerawut Kaeomak, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand


This article is part of the creative research name “Musical Composition: Nora Overture for Big Band Ensemble”. The objective of this research was to compose a new big band song. Nora is a native cultural Southern of Thailand performance. Nora has been developed show up to date. Nora's performance used a unique singing technique. And using the native language. Sometimes the actor sings with improvisation technique and sometimes uses call and response technique. Nora has unique dancing and unique costume. They always show for two objectives include entertainment and ritual.
The song has 4 parts that include, part A-B-C-A which has been playing in 5 minutes long. The score is for a big band ensemble combined with a solo and rhythmic group of Southern of Thailand musical instruments. intertwining between eastern and western tones. The researcher used rhythmic motifs and melodic of the song in Nora performance and used the idea of music themes are commonly used in broadways music style to compose. The main ideas are 1). Development Nora melody, Nora motif and Nora Rhythmic. 2). Use quartal harmony, Whole tone scale and Pentatonic scale. 3). extension by adding improvisation sections. 4). Use the story of Nara legend for song structure. 5). The introduction of this song uses Nora ritual musical idea. 6). Orchestration song on Glenn Miller technique 7). Used harmonic ideas from Earth, Wind & Fire to make a new sound.

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