Royal Anthem of Siam (THAILAND)
November 4, 2009, 11:02 am
Filed under: Thailand

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.

>HMV P 6082
>HMV P 6093

HMV 6082HMV 6093

Thanks again to Peter Doolan, from  MONRAKPLENGTHAI, for translation and general info!


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Royal Anthem, Sarasoen Barami is composed by Paul Seelig alias Prince Paribatra, son of Prince Nakhon Sawan Woraphinit. In the same time he wrote, also ment as anthem the Maha Chay. The compositions dated back to 1906 till 1912. His first official song was the phleng Phia sok, used after revision for the funeral ceremony of King Chulalongkorn.
The lyrics written by Prince Naris were revised in 1937 by the prince himself and not Rama 6. In 1913 the Sarasoen Barami became the National Anthem and prince Paribatra was honored with the white elephant.

Comment by boriphatpeter Paul Seelig

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