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This page was made to honor the occasion of the completion of the sixth Cycle (of twelve years) in HM The King's life, on 5 December 2542 (1999).
I respectfully recognize the Copyright of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the music that can be heard on this page.
No copyright statement whatsoever, in whatever language, can be found on the CD from which these songs were transferred into streaming audio.
You need Real Player or a replacement for it to be able listen to the music on this page.
The examples on this page are all taken from a CD, that consists of two recording sessions of the Thai singer Jintana Suksathit. She is accompanied by an unknown orchestra.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (1927-2016) was born in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA), but he received his school education in Switzerland. There (still being a Prince) he received his first musical education. He started to play the clarinet when he was ten years old. Living in Europe in the forties of the Twentieth Century, when jazz was very popular everywhere, he also developed a liking for this music, and it should not be considered surprising that his first compositions were strongly influenced by jazz music.
His first composition, the Candle Light Blues, is written completely according to the blues sequence of chords. Also some other early compositions are typically blues sequences. Listen to two examples:
Candle Light Blues
HM Blues (Hungry Man's Blues)
The sub-title of the second song shows the great sense of humor of HM The King!
A famous Thai musician, not familiar with jazz music at all, once was invited by His Majesty to give his opinion about Candle Light Blues, His Majesty's first composition. Believe it or not, but this person suggested HM to change a few notes! HM was not happy at all with this suggestion and we will never know, nor can we imagine how this unique song would have sounded if HM had approved these changes!
Writing about the jazz days of HM, I should also mention that he had (or maybe still has?) a jazz band of his own and that he has played with many jazz greats like Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Stan Getz and others.
Two more songs from his early period are Love at Sundown and Falling Rain. These too are included in this page in order to let you hear that HM took a quite different road when he composed these two songs. Like most of his later songs, he explored the field of the "love songs" or at least the "romantic song" here.
Love at Sundown
Another romantic song is:
His Majesty also wrote the English lyrics to some of his compositions. Two examples of this poetic Art of HM are:
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej wrote a total of 43 compositions. Apart from the songs, influenced by jazz and the various songs given as examples above, he also wrote some Marches for the Royal Forces of Thailand as well as some "Alma Maters" for Thai Universities.
An example of a patriotic song by HM that I want to let you hear right now is:
Recently on the Kanchanapisek site a page with music by His Majesty has been opened. The songs, in quite different arrangements as heard on this site, can be played on-line in Real Audio-format or can be downloaded in MP3-format. Go there to hear different arrangements and better quality, and be certain that you will not violate any copyrights if you download from that site, because that site is practically HM own site!
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