Bengawan Solo is composed by Gesang Martohartoeno in 1940, piercing into the heart of many over the decades. The original is usually played as a keroncong or kroncong orchestra, of which the traditional ensemble consists of a flute, a violin or a pair of kroncongs, a cello in pizzicato style, string bass in pizzicato style, and a vocalist. A keroncong is also an ukulele-style instrument.
The tune is both soothing & glorious, evoking a much simpler lifestyle for the inhabitants near the rivers in Solo in Javanese island.
Sharing 2 simple versions on wood pallet & strings, and its simple piano sheet arrangement.
Please note the music sheet is personally arranged & shared for educational & personal entertainment purposes. Please use these personal shared items responsibly and not to use these commercially.
|Bengawan Solo, riwayatmu dulu||River of Solo, your past history|
|Sedari dulu jadi perhatian insani||Realising then to be people’s attention|
|Musim kemarau tak berapa airmu||During times of drought, you have not much water|
|Di musim hujan air meluap sampai jauh||During rainy season, water overflows far away|
|Mata airmu dari Solo, terkurung Gunung Seribu||Your tears from Solo, imprisoned in thousands of mountains|
|Air mengalir sampai jauh akhirnya ke laut||Water flows far towards the sea|
|Itu perahu riwayatnya dulu||That boat, its past history|
|Kaum pedagang s’lalu naik itu perahu||The merchants always take the boat|