Composing a Thai Symphony– An Emblem of Victory


  • Woraket Tagosa Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand



Music, Music Composition, Thai Music, Symphony, Emblem, Sufficiency Economy


The symphonic masterpiece “Sanyalak Haeng Chaichana” (สัญลักษณ์แห่งชัยชนะ – The Emblem of Victory) was composed to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It was written as a program symphony for standard symphony orchestra, spanning 35 minutes and is split into four movements: each movement representing each symbol of the Chaipattana Foundation’s Emblem and His Majesty’s graciousness to the Thai populace. The music also reflects the variety of urban cultures in Thailand, drawing characteristics from various genres of music namely classical, marching band, jazz, and traditional Thai music. The first movement starts off with a fast tempo, representing “Phra Saeng Khan Chaisi” (Chaisi Royal Sword) which is interpreted as “The Power of Land.” The second movement is also fast in tempo, representing “Thong Krabi Thut” (Krabi Thut Flag) which refers to “The Cherished Possession of the People.” The tempo slows down to a moderately slow pace in the third movement, representing “Dok Bua” (Lotus Blossom) which symbolizes “The Philosophy of the Sufficiency Economy.” The tempo picks up to a moderately fast pace in the last movement, representing “Sang” (Royal Conch) which is interpreted as “The Ambrosia – Rain, Salvation for the Earth.”


How to Cite

Tagosa, Woraket. 2015. “Composing a Thai Symphony– An Emblem of Victory”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 10 (July):84-95.



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