O Cambodia

year: 2011    instrumentation: mixed chamber sextet (for violin, cello, piano, chhing bowl, narrator, soprano, khloy, drums, paipork, sneng)   

Cambodia’s long, chequered history spans the vibrant, ancient Khmer culture to the country’s hopeful, modern aspect, but is overshadowed by the devastation of the Pol Pot regime. More than 1.7 million people perished through starvation, disease, overwork and execution, including most of the country’s artists and intellectuals. Now a widespread effort has been made to preserve the country’s 1,000-year-old arts, which were on the brink of extinction.

Cambodia’s tragic recent history provides the inspiration for O Cambodia.

1. Anthem I
2. Proverb I
3. Don't Protest
4. Proverb II
5. Regulations
6. Smot (Buddhist sung poetry)
7. Punishment
8. Anthem II

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