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Jakarta Post

An Ode to the Nation - A representation of despair, acceptance and love

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 26 2016   /  10:07 am

Ode to the nation: Ananda (center) leads his chamber orchestra at Goethe Haus.Pianist Ananda Sukarlan once said that if he had any regrets in his career, it would be the fact that he had not gone into composing sooner.Ananda believes that it was through composing music that he found his real passion, not through playing the piano. At the Goethe Haus auditorium in Menteng, Central Jakarta earlier this month, Ananda showcased his latest classical composition.

The piece, “An Ode to the Nation,” features two sets of composition with various themes based on the poems, speeches and prayers written by former president BJ Habibie to his late wife, Ainun, and to the nation.

The composition also serves as the 80th birthday gift from Ananda to Habibie, whom he befriended due to their shared passion in classical music.

“The composition is 25 minutes long. It represents a h...