Thursday, May 20, 2010

RIP: Gesang

Gesang Martohartono, the Legendary Keroncong Music Composer, passed away today at 6 pm at a hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, at the age of 92 years old.

Gesang was born in Surakarta, on 1 October 1917, and one of his masterpiece was the song titled: Bengawan Solo written in the year 1940. This song has been translated to 13 languages including English, Chinese and Japanese.

In this regards, I would like to express my deepest sympahty and condolence the family of Gesang.

- Gesang (Wikipedia)
- Gesang Berpulang (Kompas)

Photo: Courtesy of Kompas.

9 comments:

Ladyulia said...

hah?
is that just a rumour?

H. Nizam said...

Ladyulia,
It is the truth my friend, you can read on the media reports that I have linked.

colson said...

92.. an exemplary age to die.

Edwin's Personal Blog said...

To the deceased, we salute you. You brought about grace to this nation. You'd be remembered in history...

H. Nizam said...

Colson,
Yes 92 year is an exemplary age to die.
I once heard a religiously devoted man said that those who live more than 70 years old are living on a bonus. You are one of them.

@Edwin,
Let us hope that there will other Indonesian musicians who will follow Gesang's perseverance in creating specific music.

umihoney said...

I love this song very much.May Allah bless his soul and place him among the faithful.ALfatihah.

H. Nizam said...

Umi,
Yes it's a beautiful song. May his soul rest in peace, ALFATIHAH.

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

he's one of indonesian's greatest composer ever..

H. Nizam said...

Meutia,
Yes, Gesans is one of the few good music composer in Indonesia.