Cherly Susanti

composer | conductor

Angin

Angin (The Wind) was a setting based on a poem written by Bagus Syafrieza Paradhika, dedicated to Okie Hosea (July 8th, 1981-July 30th, 2020). The music implies a lot of word painting technique such as ‘rainbow’, ‘ stop’, and others. (Jakarta, April 24th, 2020)

Mendesau berkesah

berhembus lirih

Menyampaikan pesan

Kesan malam merindukan nurani

Memimpikan fajar berpelangi

Bertahtakan mentari

Berhasrat menuju cakrawala meninggi

Membawa perih dambaan hati

Bertiup lirih semilir gemerisik

Berpilin-pilin mensunyi sesekali berhenti…

Membawa pergi rahasia hati.

Akankah gejolak batin pergi berakhir?

Senyap bertenang angin malam

Sampaikan salamku padanya

Buah hati kenangan pesona

Yang dulu ada kini tiada…

Sang penguasa hidup dan semesta

padaNya lah segala asa.

Bagus Syafrieza Paradhika, 2020

Perjalanan Angan

Perjalanan Angan (Journey of Thoughts) was inspired by the busy traffic in Jakarta. Cherly described the beginning as someone is walking through a crowded situation where people are chatting, the cars are honking, a bakso (meatball) seller is passing by and the ambulance’s siren is heard, when suddenly the thoughts of that person slowly enters one’s own imagination built by the surroundings. With a lot of ideas and imagination, one is dancing in one’s own head. (Jakarta, May 27th, 2019)

This piece can be purchased from here.

Tentang Jarak

Cherly wrote this song on the 100th day of 2020, and it was the 27th day of social distancing, which was done due to the government’s regulation in regards of global pandemic situation. The text itself was inspired by her longing of family and friends, with a hope that we can finally meet again after the pandemic is over.

This piece can be purchased from here.

Saat gelisah menyapa

Bertabur duka nestapa

Ku hanya bisa memejamkan mata,

Mengucap sebuah doa

Saat ku disapa sepi

Tanpa hadirmu di sini

Sejenak berdiam dalam gelita,

Mendamba senyumanmu.

Ijinkanku sampaikan rinduku lewat angin malam untukmu.

Doaku kau s’lalu bahagia.

Badai kan berlalu,

Kita ‘kan kembali satu.

Badai kan berlalu,

Kita ‘kan bersatu,

Tak lagi terpisah jarak Saat kita mencinta…

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright’s main idea is to imitate the twinkling stars, which represented by the rhythm pattern at the beginning of the song. As it was initially written for primary students, the composer tried to make it as simple as possible by having repetitive patterns, only with different keys and tempo. (Jakarta, April 13th, 2018)

This piece can be purchased from here.

Star light, star bright

First star I see tonight

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight

Cahaya Purnama

Cahaya Purnama (Moonlight) was inspired by the 15th governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, as at the moment this piece was written, has made a lot of changes in Jakarta, where Cherly lives. The first idea of the music was the first three notes, followed by the melody sung by the sopranos. The altos take over the melody, and slowly build up to the Slow Dance part, where everyone is the melody. The Starry Night part is where the bass take the lead and other voices replicates the twinkling stars. Afterwards, the tenors take the lead and finally, the song is concluded with the same harmony with the beginning. (Jakarta, June 27th, 2017)

This piece can be purchased from here.

Gelap malam t’lah menyapa

Bertahta cah’ya sang purnama

Memupus kerinduan jiwa pada terang

Sang purnama bercahaya dan memukau para insan

Tak rela bila dia digantikan mentari fajar

Dan bintang menari, memuja rembulan yang bersinar terang

Sang purnama t’lah merasuk hayat dengan rasa cinta

Bintang-bintang berkelip di angkasa

menyerukan pujian untuk sang purnama

Sang purnama merajut asa, memadu kasih, menggugah jiwa

Sang purnama ciptakan asa

Cahaya purnama,

Cahayanya penuh cinta

menyalakan pengarapanku.