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Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami (เพลงสรรเสริญพระบารมี) is the Thai Royal Anthem. The music, composed by the Russian composer Pyotr Schurovsky, was the national anthem of Siam until 1932, when it was replaced by Phleng Chat. Most versions I’ve heard include the lyrics that were composed by Prince Narisaranuvadtivongs, around 1913, and were later revised by King Rama VI.
This record has two different versions of the royal anthem.
Side one (6082) is performed by พิณพาทย์ พระยาประสานดุริยศัพท์ (phinphat phraya prasanduriyasap). Phraya Prasanduriyasap is a famous maestro. He was teacher to Thailand’s most famous thai classical composer Luang Pradit Phairoh (on whose life the film “The Overture” is based).
Here’s a pic of Phraya Prasanduriyasap:
Side two (6093) is by แตรวงกรมทหารมหาดเล็ก (traewong krom thahan mahat lek) a branch of the Thai Royal Army.
There are many recordings of this anthem, but this is the first I’ve heard played by a piphat (classical) ensemble.The royal anthem is ubiquitous in Thailand, being played before official functions, films and on television.
Thanks again to Peter Doolan, from MONRAKPLENGTHAI, for translation and general info!
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