Nora Fantasia: Transferring Nora’s Folk Tune to Wind Band


Nora, a southern Thai folk-dance theatre, was awarded UNESCO status in 2021. The music of Nora is distinctive because the performer must improvise a long oral devotion singing together with dance, including being compatible with the rhythm. Nora's overture, called Dam Noen or proceed in English, is typically played on a Pi Nora, a double reed wind instrument with rhythmic patterns. Ko, Nad, and Ta Kru are commonly played on a Klong Tab, a one-framed drum played using the hands. Although Nora is recognized internationally, it is still for certain people and has been known to influence younger generations. It inspired the researcher to select the Nora musical elements to arrange music entitled "Nora Fantasia for Wind Band" by using the cross-cultural musical dialect between Western and Eastern music cultures. For example, the wind instrument tonguing and trill technique to imitate Nora’s music style is ornamenting with improvisation simultaneously. The researcher trialed this music with the university's wind band and found that students were more aware of their folk culture through the material in this music for dissemination which aims to transfer the philosophy of Nora to the new generations of musicians and audiences to appreciate Nora's sensation.

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Pusit Suwanmanee, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ECAH2023
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Suwanmanee P. (2023) Nora Fantasia: Transferring Nora’s Folk Tune to Wind Band ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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