Category Winner Grade 3 | 2nd WBAS Wind Band Compositions Contest 2019


About the Work 


Garuda is a legendary bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist Mythology. In Indonesia, Garuda is also the national emblem, called Garuda Pancasila, intertwined with the concept of Phoenix, and taking the form of ​Elang Java (Javenese Hawk-Eagle).

In this piece, the composer tries to capture the Grandeur and the Greatness of Garuda, using Javanese Pentatonic Scale to evoke a Supernatural, and Larger-than-life quality of Garuda.


Composed of 3 Parts, the Piece started Slow, with suspense and mystery, symbolizing the Birth of Garuda. As it slowly rises to the next section with majestic and soaring theme, the piece starts to incorporate textures of Gamelan Music, with interlocking, repetition and layering of rhythm. The piece ends with Majestic and Grandeur, as the Garuda mightily flies higher.


This work is one of the required pieces for Division 2A competition and is only available for sale to participating bands for the 7th Singapore International Band Festival 2020


Sample Score - Download PDF


Duration: 6:03

Garuda for Concert Band by Ivan Tangkulung

  • Piccolo
    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe
    1st Clarinet in Bb
    2nd Clarinet in Bb
    3rd Clarinet in Bb
    Bass Clarinet
    1st Alto Saxophone
    2nd Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone
    1st Trumpet in Bb
    2nd Trumpet in Bb
    3rd Trumpet in Bb
    1st Horn in F
    2nd Horn in F
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    3rd Trombone
    Bass Trombone
    Double Bass
    1st Mallet (Vibraphone, Marimba Xylophone)
    2nd Mallet (Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone)
    1st Percussion (Snare Drum, Tom tom 3 Pitches)
    2nd Percussion (Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal)
    3rd Percussion (Bass Drum, Mark Tree, Woodblock)

  • Ivan Tangkulung is a versatile Composer, Music Director, and Pianist whose work ranges from Music for Theatre, Film, to Contemporary Music . Ivan has written for local and international ensembles such as New Thread Quartet (New York), SETTS Ensemble (Singapore), Trinity Youth Symphony Orchestra (Indonesia), Ensemble Musique de la Belle (Singapore) Ivan also worked with and arranged for numerous Indonesian Contemporary Musicians such as Agung Munthe, Lea Simanjuntak, Demas Narawangsa, Kiara Riz, and many more.

    Besides Composing, Ivan is also an active Music Director and Conductor, directing Teater Musikal Nusantara’s Production of Into the Woods (2019) and Hairspray (2020) Ivan studied Composition under the tutelage of Malaysian composer Chong Kee Yong and Jazz Piano under Indonesian Pianist Glenn Dauna. Ivan attended conducting Workshop by Amos Chia (Singapore), and Gevorg Sargsyan (Armenia)



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