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The first movement is based on a folksong of laudatory benediction about the power and valour of the king, 'Aung-ze Paing-ze'. The whole piece is influenced by this melody and its details, including appoggiaturas, portamentos and quarter-tones. Next, 'Young birds outside cages', is inspired by Suu Kyi’s harrowing depiction (of the same title) of children trying to touch their parents who are political prisoners behind bars: '… young birds fluttering helplessly outside the cages that shut their parents away from them.' The string quartet represents the cold, relentless bars of a cage; the oboe is the child/bird trying to get through. Third, 'Thazin' is a Burmese orchid: here Panufnik evokes the 'tiny exquisite blooms' described by Suu Kyi. Finally, 'Kintha dance' is suggested by images of dance in Suu Kyi’s writing. Chordal interruptions represent the oppressive regime that imprisoned her, 'trying and failing to quench the vivid and irrepressible Burmese spirit', Panufnik says. The military coup in Myanmar in 2021 has now cast the piece in a new and poignant light.
from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2021
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