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Canadian composer, Colin McPhee lived in Indonesia for five years. He loved the sound of the Balinese gamelan. He said, "I could only think of a flock of birds wheeling in the sky, turning with one accord, now this way, now that and finally descending to the trees." McPhee transcribed many Balinese and Javanese songs for orchestra. In 1946, he assembled the transcriptions of gamelan music into the Suite in Six Movements. In the fourth movement, Gambangan I hear the spirit of the rain. This composition is a musical bridge between different cultures. We all benefit when imaginations are shared.
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.