Narong Prangcharoen

  • The music of Thai composer NARONG PRANGCHAROEN has been called “absolutely captivating” (Chicago Sun Times). Prangcharoen has established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Thailand’s leading composers. Prangcharoen has received many international prizes, including the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, the 18th ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Composition Award, the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Competition Prize, the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, and most recently, the Annapolis Charter 300 International Composers Competition Prize. In 2007, the Thai government named Prangcharoen a Contemporary National Artist and awarded him the Silapathorn Award, one of Thailand’s most prestigious honors.

    Prangcharoen’s music has been performed in Asia, America, Australia, and Europe by many renowned ensembles such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Bohuslav Martin? Philharmonic, under many well-known conductors, such Carl St. Clair, Carlos Kalmer, Jose-Luis Novo, and Mikhail Pletnev. His music has also been presented by, among others, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ensemble TIMF, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Imani Winds, and pianist Bennett Lerner.

    Prangcharoen’s music has been performed at many important music festivals, such as the Grant Park Music Festival (Millennium Park, Chicago), the Asia: the 21st Century Orchestra Project (Nagoya, Japan), the MoMA Music Festival (Museum of Modern Art, New York City), Maverick Concerts: “Music in the Wood” (the oldest continuous summer chamber music series in the USA), and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York City) and the Library of Congress (Washington DC).

    Mr. Prangcharoen’s earliest composition studies were with Dr. Narongrit Dharmabutra in Thailand. He later studied with Drs. Stephen Taylor and David Feurzeig at Illinois State University. Prangcharoen went on to study at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where his teachers included Drs. Chen Yi (Prangcharoen’s primary teacher), Zhou Long, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy.

    Prangcharoen has taught in the Western Music Department of Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, and was an Instructional Assistant Professor of Music in Composition at Illinois State University. In addition to working as a freelance composer, he is currently teaching at the Community Music and Dance Academy of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City. Prangcharoen is the founder of the Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, now in its fifth year.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-41598 Maha Mantras
    Concerto for Alto/Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
    17:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    114-41829 Perpetual Motions
    for Saxophone Quartet
    8:00 Saxophone Quartet
    Orchestra
    23518 Beyond Land and Ocean
    for Orchestra
    22:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    23484 Echoes of Silence
    for Chamber Orchestra
    10:00 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    23517 Illuminating Journey
    for Orchestra
    5:30 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    21739 Illuminations
    for Orchestra
    12:00 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    23553 Lighter than Air
    for Orchestra
    9:00 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno (4-hands) Str.
    23485 The Migration of Lost Souls
    for Orchestra
    15:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3 3(3 dbl. B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    21741 Namaskar
    for Orchestra
    8:00 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    21742 Phenomenon
    The Mysterious and Unexplained
    9:00 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    21743 Pubbanimitta
    for Orchestra
    8:15 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(3rd dbl. E.H.) 3(3rd dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    23486 Tears of Dust
    for String Orchestra
    6:00 Str.
    21744 Tri-Sattawat
    for Orchestra
    7:00 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Orchestra w/ Soloist(s)
    23557 Absence of Time
    Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
    17:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Bsn. Soli: 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2 1 2(Cbsn.) – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    23483 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    20:00 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
    21745 The Dawn of Darkness
    for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra
    15:00 Solo Sax.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    23415 Far from Home
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Vcl.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
    23547 Invisible Curve
    Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    22:00 Solo Guit.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.
    21786 Lost Horizons
    for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra
    23:00 Solo B.Cl.; 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    23573 Luminary
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    24:00 Solo Pno.; 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    21738 Maha Mantras
    Concerto for Saxophone (alto and soprano) and Orchestra
    17:00 Solo A.Sax./S.Sax.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3 3(3 dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    23410 Respiration of the Earth
    for Suona and Orchestra
    15:00 Solo Suona; 2 2 2(2 dbl. B.Cl.) 1(Cbsn.) – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    23546 Seismic Waves
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    15:30 Solo Fl.; 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    Wind Ensemble
    21740 Anātman
    for Cello And Wind Ensemble
    18:00 Solo Vcl.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 2 5(E-flat Cl., B.Cl.) 2, A.Sx. T.Sx. Bar.Sx. – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 2(Euph.); Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cb.
    23611 Chakra
    for Wind Ensemble
    13:00 4Fl.(3, 4 dbl. Picc.), 2Ob., Eb Cl., 4Cl., B.Cl., 2Bsn., Cbsn., 2A.Sax., T.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 4Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., Euph., Tu.; Timp. 5Perc. Pno. Cb.
    23583 Lokuttara
    for Wind Ensemble
    14:00 Picc., 3Fl., 3Ob., EbCl., 4Cl., B.Cl., 2Bsn., Cbsn., Sop.Sax., A.Sax., T.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 3Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., Euph., Tu., Cb., Pno.; Timp. 4Perc.
    21773 Mantras
    Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    15:00 Solo Sop.Sax.; 3Fl.(3rd dbl. Picc.) 2Ob., 1E-flat Cl., 3Cl., 1B.Cl., 2Bsn., 2A.Sax., 1T.Sax., 1Bar.Sax. – 3Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., 1B.Tbn., Euph., Tu.; Timp. 4Perc., Pno. 2Cb.
    23587 Namaskar
    for Wind Ensemble
    8:00 Picc., 3Fl., 3Ob., EbCl., 3Cl., B.Cl., 2Bsn., Cbsn., 2A.Sax., T.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 3Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., B.Tbn. Euph., Tu.; Timp. 3Perc., Pno. Cb.

  • 2013-2016: Music Alive residency with the Pacific Symphony

  • Anātman
    for Cello and Wind Ensemble
    Chakra
    for Wind Ensemble
    Far From Home
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    Illuminations
    for Orchestra
    Lokuttara
    for Wind Ensemble
    Luminary
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Maha Mantras
    Concerto for Alto/Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
    Mantras
    Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Namaskar
    for Orchestra
    Phenomenon
    The Mysterious and Unexplained for Orchestra
    Pubbanimitta
    for Orchestra
    Seismic Waves
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    The Dawn of Darkness
    for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra
    Tri-Sattawat
    for Orchestra

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