Mass of Light

The Mass of Light is a parody mass based on my previous work, Cahaya Purnama (“Moonlight”, 2017). The themes borrowed from Cahaya Purnama occur in every movement yet with various tonality and rhythm, written in double choir motet, inspired by Rheinberger’s Mass in E flat major op. 109, Cantus missae (1878). While this mass setting is written for double mixed choir, Credo became the only song where both choirs are unified, representing the unified parishioners proclaiming their faith.
Adapting the Roman Catholic church tradition since the Medieval towards the Renaissance period, there are parts written imitating the Gregorian chant, while other parts are written in antiphonal style, a style that is also used by Bach in writing his double choir motets. Beside the early music style, this setting is also written in carefully-selected keys, referring to the Baroque’s Doctrine of Affection; where music should be affecting the feeling of the listener, thus each key was said to have a characteristic—each song’s opening tonality sets the mood of the whole song, while the closing tonality express the final mood. The music is also enriched by a rich layer of groovy rhythm, something I always include in my music as a Southeast Asian composer.
After all, this mass setting is a prayer of hope, and I personally celebrate my faith to God through this mass setting.

Good Day!

Composed for SSA, piano and violin for D’One Children Choir, Rudi Christmas, conductor.

The text of the song is very simple, just a happy kid in a happy day, knowing that it’s a good day to have a good day!

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Bimbang

Composed for SATB divisi acapella.

Bimbang (“Anxious”) is written when I feel so unsure of life, where to go, just as the title depict. It was commissioned by Cantabile Choir, Anggie Wibawanto, conductor.

Warmin’-up!

During the Covid-19 global pandemic time, a lot of us have to limit our activities outside, including choir rehearsals. We as one of lucky choirs who still able to practice online, are still missing the face to face rehearsal, especially the vocalizing. This is another warming up song written for SATB, also available for SSAA acapella. (Jakarta, May 30th, 2020)


Recorded by PSM ITB and PSM Untar

Cahaya Purnama (SA and Piano)

This piece is originally composed for mixed choir in 2017 and made into SA and Piano arrangement in 2022. The title Cahaya Purnama means moonlight, taken from the name of the 15th governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama (read: Basuki Cahaya Purnama) who has inspired Cherly at the time she wrote this piece because he has made a lot of good changes toward Jakarta, Indonesia, where the composer has grown up. (Taipei, April 22nd, 2022)

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Alexandra Katya, soprano
Cherly Susanti, mezzo-soprano
Elaine Christlee, piano

Vocalizing

During the Covid-19 global pandemic time, a lot of us have to limit our activities outside, including choir rehearsals. We as one of lucky choirs who still able to practice online, are still missing the face to face rehearsal, especially the vocalizing. This piece is written by for all of us who miss the vocalizing part of our rehearsal. (Jakarta, April 20th, 2020)


Recorded by Feixiang Choir Jakarta

Batanghari

Batanghari is a Jambi traditional song. The lyrics were written in rhyme, talking about the beauty of the city of Jambi as well as one’s feeling. (Jakarta, December 7th, 2018)


Commissioned by Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Ubaya
Performed by Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Ubaya
Bagus Syafrieza Paradhika, conductor

Padu

This song is Cherly’s attempt to write a pop choral music. It is also an encouragement for her friends who were not able to rehearse with the choir due to the pandemic. (Jakarta, January 24th, 2021)


Recorded by Feixiang Choir Jakarta
Cherly Susanti, conductor
Lukas Adji Janarto, saxophone