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Comments on The Performance of Si Buah Mburle

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The story of Si Buah Mburle, recorded in 1979, is a unique text, composed during a performance to suit expectations as perceived by Sonang Sitakar and those who had invited him. The spoken sections contain, besides the narrative, comments on the happenings described in the narrative and explain poetic expressions used in the chanted texts. Chanted sections which directly express the thoughts and feelings of the story's main characters are distinguished from spoken sections by their textual structure and musical form. There are more odong-odong than laments in this performance, possibly because the storyteller is a man. All odong-odong are chanted by Si Buah Mburle and address his mother Nan Tampuk Emas. Songs have more regular textual structures and melodic patterns than odong-odong and laments. Two different songs, a lullaby and a dance song, are sung during the performance of Si Buah Mburle.

Keywords: chanted sections; melodic patterns; odong-odong; poetic expressions; Si Buah Mburle



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