Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Fantasia on a Theme from "Buppha Rahtree"

What's a sweet little Thai schoolgirl like this doing brandishing a dripping cuthroat razor? I recently watched a sub-titled Thai language horror/romance/comedy ghost movie titled Buppha Rahtree 3.2 ("Buppha's Revenge") and sensed under-exploited musical potential in its theme - hence my latest composition, below.
(If you want to hear the original theme first, you could view the film's brief trailer here on Youtube. It will open in a new window. the tune is heard right at the start).

Be. Very. Afraid... but to hear my adaption of the theme music, click on the orange PLAY button...

Alternatively, you could listen to the music at its URL:
If you wish, you can read the SCORE (in pdf format) hereInstrumentation: flute, violin, cello, double-bass, synth and piano.
This link will open in a new window so you can follow the score  while listening to the music. Both the score and the mp3 recording are free and downloadable.
This is more an independent composition than a straight arrangement of the film's theme. The two falling semitones (Eb-D-C#) heard in the ominous opening are heard again when the main theme begins in the flute, but they appear buried in the accompaniment. The climax of the piece (at Rehearsal letter E) occurs at the 'golden mean' - which I always measure in time, rather than bar numbers - because bars are not always the same length.

For the record, here's the poster, featuring the usual de rigeur Thai heart-throbs:
Thai people know for sure that ghosts exist. Ghosts and spirits are integral to Thai stories and legends, but also feature heavily in the reality of normal Thai daily life. In Thailand, "Spirits of the land" have been living here forever, and we humans are ephemeral visitors in their eternal realm. We must accord them respect as elders and owners and ensure they have an attractive place to live - which accounts for the spirit house attached to virtually every house, shop or condominium. Keep 'em happy and feed 'em, and they won't disturb us.
However, some ghosts can prove more problematic. Ghosts of people who have recently died may not yet "understand" that they are in fact dead, and continue to roam around seeking their family and friends - until such time as a local monk performs a ceremony to inform the ghost that it's time to 'cross over'. Or, worse, a few malevolent ghosts seek revenge for violent deaths - which was the case with our cute little razor-slashing schoolgirl in the film Buppha Rahtree.
Read more about Thai ghosts here.


Er, no, it's not a ghost... it's my alter ego in the morning before coffee.
Hey, nothing makes any sense before coffee.

SO glad you could visit my blog.
It's been lovely - but I have to scream now.

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