The Bengawan Solo Song by Gesang Historic Collections

MUSEUM DUNIA MAYA PERTAMA DI INDONESIA

                PENDIRI DAN PENEMU

  THE FOUNDER

      Dr IWAN SUWANDY, MHA

    BUNGA IDOLA PENEMU : BUNGA KERAJAAN MING SERUNAI( CHRYSANTHENUM)

  

                       

                    

              DMRC SHOWROOM

(Driwan Music Record Cybermuseum)

SHOWCASE :

 

The Indonesian Song Begawan Solo Music record History

(Sejarah rekaman Lagu Bengawan solo ciptaan Gesang  )

 

 

 
Gesang Gesang or full Martohartono (born in Surakarta, Central Java, October 1, 1917 – died in Surakarta, Central Java, May 20, 2010 at age 92 years) is a singer and songwriter from Indonesia. Known as the “maestro keroncong Indonesia,” he became famous through the song Solo creations, which is famous in Asia, especially in Indonesia and Japan. The song ‘Solo’ creations have been translated into at least 13 languages ​​(including English, Chinese, and Japanese)
Gesang lived in at No. 5 Village Road Bedoyo Kemlayan, Serengan, Solo with nephew and his family, having previously lived in his house Perumnas Palur granting the Governor of Central Java in 1980 for 20 years. He has split with his wife in 1962. Selepasnya, choosing to live alone. He never had children.
Gesang at first was not a songwriter. Formerly, he was just a singer of songs for the event keroncong and just a little party in the city of Solo. She has also created a few songs, such as the World Wheel Keroncong, Keroncong the Orphanage, and Sweep Hand, during World War II. Unfortunately, three songs is not received from the public.As a form of appreciation for his services towards the development of music keroncong, in 1983 founded the Japanese Garden near the Solo Gesang. Management of the park was funded by the Fund Gesang, an institution founded for Gesang in Japan.In 2007, Gesdang hospitalized PKU Solo and prostate surgery. In January 2010, Gesang was hospitalized again, not long after Gesang home.Furthermore, Gesang was hospitalized Wednesday, May 13 due to respiratory and urinary infections womb. Sunday, May 16 RSU Solo Gesang entered ICU because of a decrease in blood pressure. Tuesday, May 18 Gesang rumored dead, but the news was wrong.

Songs creation Gesang

* Solo
* Red Bridge
* Farewell (the Indonesian version was popularized by Broery Pesulima)
* Hat Mount
* Ali-ali
* Andheng-andheng
* Fade
* Tales
* Handkerchief
* World Peace
* The Orphanage
* Nusul
* Newsletters
* Wheel World
* Great Wall
* Seto Ohashi
* Pandanwangi
* Impenku
* Pearl Necklace
* Young Adult
* Borobudur
* Tirtonadi
* Sandhang Food
* Handkerchief-

 
 
original info
 
Gesang atau lengkapnya Gesang Martohartono (lahir di Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, 1 Oktober 1917 – meninggal di Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, 20 Mei 2010 pada umur 92 tahun) adalah seorang penyanyi dan pencipta lagu asal Indonesia. Dikenal sebagai “maestro keroncong Indonesia,” ia terkenal lewat lagu Bengawan Solo ciptaannya, yang terkenal di Asia, terutama di Indonesia dan Jepang. Lagu ‘Bengawan Solo’ ciptaannya telah diterjemahkan kedalam, setidaknya, 13 bahasa (termasuk bahasa Inggris, bahasa Tionghoa, dan bahasa Jepang)

Gesang tinggal di di Jalan Bedoyo Nomor 5 Kelurahan Kemlayan, Serengan, Solo bersama keponakan dan keluarganya, setelah sebelumnya tinggal di rumahnya Perumnas Palur pemberian Gubernur Jawa Tengah tahun 1980 selama 20 tahun. Ia telah berpisah dengan istrinya tahun 1962. Selepasnya, memilih untuk hidup sendiri. Ia tak mempunyai anak.

Gesang pada awalnya bukanlah seorang pencipta lagu. Dulu, ia hanya seorang penyanyi lagu-lagu keroncong untuk acara dan pesta kecil-kecilan saja di kota Solo. Ia juga pernah menciptakan beberapa lagu, seperti; Keroncong Roda Dunia, Keroncong si Piatu, dan Sapu Tangan, pada masa perang dunia II. Sayangnya, ketiga lagu ini kurang mendapat sambutan dari masyarakat.

Sebagai bentuk penghargaan atas jasanya terhadap perkembangan musik keroncong, pada tahun 1983 Jepang mendirikan Taman Gesang di dekat Bengawan Solo. Pengelolaan taman ini didanai oleh Dana Gesang, sebuah lembaga yang didirikan untuk Gesang di Jepang.

Tahun 2007, Gesdang dirawat di rumah sakit PKU Solo dan menjalani operasi prostat. Di Januari 2010, Gesang masuk rumah sakit kembali, tak lama kemudian Gesang pulang.

Selanjutnya, Gesang masuk rumah sakit Rabu 13 Mei karena gangguan pernafasan dan infeksi kandungan kemih. Minggu, 16 Mei Gesang masuk ICU RSU Solo karena mengalami penurunan tekanan darah. Selasa, 18 Mei Gesang digosipkan meninggal dunia, akan tetapi kabar tersebut ternyata salah.

Lagu-lagu ciptaan Gesang

* Bengawan Solo
* Jembatan Merah
* Pamitan (versi bahasa Indonesia dipopulerkan oleh Broery Pesulima)
* Caping Gunung
* Ali-ali
* Andheng-andheng
* Luntur
* Dongengan
* Saputangan
* Dunia Berdamai
* Si Piatu
* Nusul
* Nawala
* Roda Dunia
* Tembok Besar
* Seto Ohashi
* Pandanwangi
* Impenku
* Kalung Mutiara
* Pemuda Dewasa
* Borobudur
* Tirtonadi
* Sandhang Pangan
* Kacu-kacu

 Frame One :

The Bengawan Solo (Gesang) Record Collections(Dr Iwan Collections)

 1.Indonesian record

1.Before World War Two

 1)His Master Voice record

His Master Voice Record sing by Che Sutinah, Bagawan solo and Sapu Tangan,(no Gesang Name writen as the composer,why I donnot undertand ,che sutinah my be from Singapore or Malaya,please comment and more info-Dr Iwan note)

 

2)Bengawan solo music Record Hawaiians Kilima

BY KILIMA HAWAIANS

The Mena Moeria Minstrels

“BINTANG SINAR”

phillips Record

Indonesia Popular song BENGAWAN SOLO AND OTHER INDONESIAN POPULAR SONG :Kole-kole,Toean , Njonja,Ajoen-ajoen,Buka Pintoe, Ole sioh,Bintang sinar,Ladju-ladju,Ombak putih,Mooi Eiland Ambon,Si Patokaan,Limbe-limbe,Angin berbisik.

 

 

 HAWAIIANS KILIMA 

 BY RUDI WAIRATA
Rudi Wairata 1929-1981
FIRST ERA 1929 – 1981

 SECOND ERA 1929 – 1981

 

 

 2.After World War Two

 

1)Sri Rejeki,Rudi Pirngadie  with His Tetap Segar Orchestra, Down The Riverside Of Indonesia In Krontjong Beat .

Side one : Sungai Deli, Sungai Tjiliwung, Tjitarum Disenja Raja,Ditepi Sungai Seraju,Bengawan Solo.

2. Foreign Countries Record

1) Japanese record

2) Suppraphon Ceskoslovakia Record(for the first time report by Dr iwan S,)

at this records also another indonesian song O laka Laka, goro-goro ne and gula gula santan , please the collectors who have this record  or another countries ‘s record please report ,thanks from Dr iwan)

 3).Other Countries Record

Frame Two: The Bengawan solo record label(  Bengawan Solo, eksplorasi google)

Solo songs copyright
 Gesang MARTOHARTONO world is an artist who was born in Indonesia. Gesang creation songs have been translated into various languages ​​including, English, Mandarin and Japanese. To avoid the occurrence of claiming the work of other countries, such as claiming the song “Solo” by some Dutch citizens recently, record companies Partiwi Music Publishers (PMP) has been taking care of creation of songs royalties, amounting to 44 Gesang title track to the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights Department of Justice and Human Rights. All songs Gesang the patent certificate, has been published since September 25, 2009.

Based on information from Andy Hutadjulu, General Manager of PMP in Solo, Gesang songs also had plagiarized by the country of Malaysia, “1960 Years ago, one of the songs are very well-known Gesang creation of ‘Solo’ ve traced by Malaysia with the title track ‘ Main Cello ‘, “said Andy Hutadjulu, Friday, May 21, 2010.

“Rhythm, tone and tempo of the song with the song ‘Solo’, it’s just a poem and its title changed,” said Andy Hutadjulu, General Manager of PMP in Solo, Friday, May 21, 2010.

Andy said, polemical work Gesang song plagiarism by Malaysia recently completed when President Sukarno, when it intervened directly.

Bung Karno deliberately invited the Malaysian side at an event at the Senayan sports competitions. “There song Solo Gesang also played and watched it immediately.”

By looking at it, Malaysia has acknowledged, that the song was the work Gesang, musicians Indonesia, “said Andy.

Other Gesang song creation entitled ‘Sweep Hand’ is also almost claimed by Malaysia, to serve as the national anthem.

“But it is so copied the Malaysian national anthem at last, the song ‘Light of the Moon’,” he said.

After the patent, it is expected there will be no longer claim the songs Gesang.
All of that song was certified as a work Gesang patents. So it has been legally recognized. “If there are parties who claim that the song was his creation merupakaan Gesang it can not, because it’s against the law,” said Andy.

Until now, PMP is managing the 3,000 title track of about 92 musicians. Songs that are managed under the label PMP, among other things, the song To you work Kusbini Affairs, Yen Ing Tawang Ana Lintang Andjar Any late work, Ampar-Banana works Ampar Hamiedhan AC and other songs from musicians Indonesia.

Before he died, Gesang just received royalties from the PMP, dated May 5, 2010. Royalties earned by Gesang of the month from July to December there were about Rp 21,788,852. [*]

Sources: Viva News

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2.The composer Gesang
1). Kroncong Bengawan solo song creation Gesang, sung by Waljinah
 

Waljinah is one the most famous and beloved singers of traditional Javanese, ESPECIALLY for her song “Walang snicker” which made her very popular Among the Javanese. She also has made some Collaborations with top Indonesian artists Such as Didi Kempot, Gesang, Puspa point and so on. Her Voice is Heard on the radio daily and Appearances She makes numerous television. She has recorded over 1500 different songs, with a repertoire ranging from traditional singing with gamelan, popular songs, kroncong and Various other styles. Hear more from Waljinah at the fantastically eye popping Madrotter

Gesang Martohartono (born 1 October 1917) is a renowned Indonesian singer-songwriter from central Java, and composer of the song Solo, a tune the which has Become famous throughout Indonesia, Japan and much of Asia, and the which is almost synonymous with the kroncong style of Javanese music. He is most commonly known simply as Gesang.

2.The Biography of Gesang.
Gesang
 
Background
Born October 1, 1917
Template: Dutch flag Surakarta, Surakarta Kasunanan, Dutch East Indies
Died May 20, 2010 (age 92 years)
Template: Flag Indonesia Surakarta, Indonesia
Genre Keroncong
Singer jobs
Songwriter
Instruments Vocals

Gesang Gesang or full Martohartono (born in Surakarta, Central Java, October 1, 1917 – died in Surakarta, Central Java, May 20, 2010 at age 92 years) is a singer and songwriter from Indonesia. Known as the “maestro keroncong Indonesia,” he became famous through the song Solo creations, which is famous in Asia, especially in Indonesia and Japan. The song ‘Solo’ creations have been translated into at least 13 languages ​​(including English, Chinese, and Japanese)

Table of contents
1 Song Solo
2nd Life
3 Songs creation Gesang
 
 

 Solo Song
This song was created in 1940, when he beusia 23 years. Gesang young when it was sitting on the edge of the Solo River, he is always amazed by the river, was inspired to create a song. This song creation process takes about 6 months.

Solo song also has its own popularity abroad, especially in Japan. Solo was used in one of the Japanese movies. [1]

Life
Gesang lived in at No. 5 Village Road Bedoyo Kemlayan, Serengan, Solo with nephew and his family, having previously lived in his house Perumnas Palur granting the Governor of Central Java in 1980 for 20 years. He has split with his wife in 1962. Selepasnya, choosing to live alone. He never had children.

Gesang at first was not a songwriter. Formerly, he was just a singer of songs for the event keroncong and just a little party in the city of Solo. She has also created a few songs, such as the World Wheel Keroncong, Keroncong the Orphanage, and Sweep Hand, during World War II. Unfortunately, three songs is not received from the public.

As a form of appreciation for his services towards the development of music keroncong, in 1983 founded the Japanese Garden near the Solo Gesang. Management of the park was funded by the Fund Gesang, an institution founded for Gesang in Japan.

Gesang had reportedly died on May 18, 2010 after his health reportedly deteriorating. [2]

Gesang was rushed to hospital due to his health declined on Wednesday (19/05/2010). Furthermore, Gesang be treated in the ICU since Sunday (16 / 5) because of his health continued to decline. Hospitals to form a team to handle health consisting of five different specialists. Until finally he died on Thursday (20/05/2010) At 18:10 in the Hospital PKU Muhammadiyah Surakarta. [3]

 Songs creation Gesang
Solo
Red Bridge
Farewell (the Indonesian version was popularized by Broery Pesulima)
Caping Mount
Ali-ali
Andheng-andheng
Fade
Myth
Handkerchief
World Peace
The Orphanage
Nusul
Newsletters
Wheel World
Great Wall
Seto Ohashi
Pandanwangi
Impenku
Pearl Necklace
Youth Adult
Borobudur
Tirtonadi
Food Sandhang
-Handkerchief handkerchief

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

original

1.Penyanyi Indonesia

1)Waljinah

2)Gordon Tobing

 2.Foreign Countries

 a.Jepanese

the styler 

b.Hongkong

1) Rebecca Pan

Rebecca Pan Di-hua (潘迪華, 潘迪华; also Poon Tik-wah, Pan Wan Ching) is a Chinese actress and singer.

She was born in Shanghai. She moved to Hong Kong in 1949. Her singing career began in 1957. One of her songs, which she recorded when she was 18, is played briefly in In the Mood for Love — the English version of an Indonesian folk song, “Bengawan Solo“.

2) Francis Yip

Frances Yip

Frances Yip
Chinese name 葉麗儀 (Traditional)
Chinese name 叶丽仪 (Simplified)
Pinyin ye4 li4 yi2 (Mandarin)
Jyutping jip6 lai6 ji4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry [Southern Chinese from Guangzhou)
Origin Hong Kong
Born January 1, 1947 (1947-01-01) (age 64)
Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Singing
Voice type(s) Cathy Sharon (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Label(s) [EMI)
Years active 1969 – present
Awards
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yip.

Frances Yip Lai-yee is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer. She is best known for performing many of the theme songs for television series produced by TVB in the 1980s and early 1990s.

born on 22 Oct 1947, Frances is of Hakka ancestry, Yip hit international fame with her signature tune, The Bund from the TVB drama of the same title. Before her success, she tributed songs in her earlier albums originally performed by singers such as Adam Cheng, Roman Tam and Jenny Tseng.

In her 41-year career, Yip has released more than 80 albums, mostly of songs in American English, Indonesian, Malay, Mexican Spanish, Japanese, Tagalog, Cantonese and Mandarin. She has performed on television, and in films, concerts and cabarets in more than 30 countries on five continents. Yip is fluent in both Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and English. She recently overcame breast cancer

3).Mona Fong

 

Mona Fong

Mona Fong Yat Wah
(Mona, Lady Shaw)
Chinese name 方逸華 (Traditional)
Chinese name 方逸华 (Simplified)
Pinyin fāng yì huá (Mandarin)
Jyutping fong1 jat6 waa6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Li Meng-Lan (李夢蘭)
Ancestry Guangdong
Origin  Hong Kong
Born 1934 (age 76–77)
Shanghai, Republic of China
Other name(s) 方夢華
Occupation general manager, production manager, film and television producer
Spouse(s) Run Run Shaw (1997-)
Parents Fong Man Lo

Mona Fong Yat Wah, Lady Shaw is a Hong Kong film and television producer and production manager. A Cantonese born in Shanghai, Mona achieved fame as one of the most popular nightclub singers and recording artists in Singapore and Hong Kong in the 1950s. She often sang English covers of top hits of the time. She is currently the Deputy Chairman and General Manager of Shaw Brothers Studio and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). She is also the second wife of renowned media mogul Sir Run Run Shaw.

To date, Fong has produced over a hundred films since 1977, the latest of which was Drunken Monkey in 2002.[1] Effective 1 January 2009, she was appointed General Manager of TVB.[2]

 4)The list of bengawan solo Record(Daftar Koleski Rekaman Musik Lagu Bengawan Solo)

Bengawan Solo Songs (83 music files)
 
01 lagukeroncong gesang bengawan solo
file type:mp3

   

02

gesang bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

 

03

bengawan solo klantink

file type:mp3

 

 

 

04

putri ayu ft lius dan klanting bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

 

05

keroncong bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

 

06

tantowi yahya bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

07

02 bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

 

08

keroncong bengawan solo sundari soekotjonew

file type:mp3

 

 

09

01 hetty koes endang keroncong bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

10

gesang bengawan solo

file type:mp3

 

 

 

 

 83 different bengawan solo songs.  Bengawan Solo’s latest album is In the Mood for Love (2000 Film) which is released on 2000-11-06 .

Frame Three:

The Composer Gesang and his Song Bengawan Solo History

1. The Song Bengawan solo

 

1)Hak cipta lagu Bengawan Solo

 GESANG MARTOHARTONO adalah seniman dunia yang lahir di Indonesia. Lagu-lagu ciptaan Gesang telah diterjemahkan ke berbagai bahasa di antaranya, Inggris, Mandarin dan Jepang. Untuk menghindari terjadinya pengklaiman karya dari negara lain, seperti pengklaiman lagu “Bengawan Solo” oleh beberapa warga Belanda baru-baru ini, perusahaan rekaman Penerbit Musik Partiwi (PMP) telah mengurus royalti lagu-lagu ciptaan Gesang yang berjumlah 44 judul lagu ke Direktorat Jendral HAKI Departemen Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia. Semua sertifikat paten lagu Gesang tersebut, sudah terbit sejak 25 September 2009.

Berdasarkan keterangan dari Andy Hutadjulu, General Manager PMP di Solo, lagu-lagu Gesang juga sempat dijiplak oleh negara Malaysia, “Tahun 1960 lalu, salah satu lagu ciptaan Gesang  yang sangat terkenal, yakni ‘Bengawan Solo’ pernah dijiplak oleh Malaysia dengan judul lagu ‘Main Cello’,” kata Andy Hutadjulu, Jumat, 21 Mei 2010.

“Irama, nada dan tempo lagu tersebut sama dengan lagu ‘Bengawan Solo’, hanya saja syair dan judulnya yang diubah,” kata Andy Hutadjulu, General Manager PMP di Solo, Jumat, 21 Mei 2010.

Andy mengungkapkan, polemik penjiplakan lagu karya Gesang  oleh  Malaysia baru selesai ketika Presiden Soekarno, kala itu turun tangan langsung.

Bung Karno sengaja mengundang pihak Malaysia di sebuah acara perlombaan olahraga di Senayan. “Di situ lagu Bengawan Solo dimainkan dan Gesang juga menyaksikannya langsung.”

Dengan melihat itu, Malaysia baru mengakui, kalau lagu itu adalah karya Gesang, musisi Indonesia,” kata Andy.

Lagu ciptaan Gesang lainnya yang berjudul ‘Sapu Tangan’ juga nyaris diklaim oleh Malaysia, untuk dijadikan lagu kebangsaan.

“Tetapi yang jadi ditiru sebagai lagu kebangsaan Malaysia akhirnya, lagu ‘Terang Bulan’,” katanya.

Setelah paten, diharapkan tak akan ada lagi klaim lagu-lagu Gesang.
Semua lagu itu sudah bersertifikat hak paten sebagai karya Gesang. Jadi secara hukum sudah diakui. “Jika ada pihak-pihak yang mengaku bahwa lagu Gesang itu merupakaan ciptaannya sudah tidak bisa, karena itu melanggar hukum,” ujar Andy.

Hingga saat ini, PMP sudah mengelola sebanyak 3.000 judul lagu dari sekitar 92 musisi. Lagu-lagu yang dikelola di bawah label PMP, di antaranya, lagu Bagimu Negeri karya Kusbini, Yen Ing Tawang Ana Lintang karya almarhum Andjar Any, Ampar-Ampar Pisang karya Hamiedhan A.C. dan lagu-lagu lain dari musisi Indonesia.

Sebelum meninggal, Gesang baru saja menerima royalti dari PMP, tanggal 5 Mei 2010. Royalti yang didapatkan oleh Gesang dari bulan Juli-Desember ada sekitar Rp 21.788.852.  [*]

Sumber: Viva News

Tulisan Terkait

2.The composer Gesang

1).Lagu Kroncong Bengawan solo ciptaan gesang,dinyanyikan oleh Waljinah

 

Waljinah is one the most famous and beloved Javanese traditional singers, especially for her song “Walang Kekek” which made her very popular among the javanese. She also has made some collaborations with top Indonesian artists such as Didi Kempot, Gesang, Titik Puspa and so on. Her voice is heard on the radio daily and she makes numerous television appearances. She has recorded over 1500 different songs, with a repertoire ranging from traditional singing with gamelan, popular songs, kroncong and various other styles. hear more from Waljinah at the fantastically eye popping Madrotter

Gesang Martohartono (born 1 October 1917) is a renowned Indonesian singer-songwriter from central Java, and composer of the song Bengawan Solo, a tune which has become famous throughout Indonesia, Japan and much of Asia, and which is almost synonymous with the kroncong style of Javanese music. He is most commonly known simply as Gesang.

2.The Biography of Gesang.

Gesang
Gesang
Latar belakang
Lahir 1 Oktober 1917
Templat:Bendera belanda Surakarta, Kasunanan Surakarta, Hindia Belanda
Meninggal 20 Mei 2010 (Umur 92 tahun)
Templat:Bendera indonesia Surakarta, Indonesia
Jenis Musik Keroncong
Pekerjaan Penyanyi
Pencipta lagu
Instrumen Vokal

Gesang atau lengkapnya Gesang Martohartono (lahir di Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, 1 Oktober 1917 – meninggal di Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, 20 Mei 2010 pada umur 92 tahun) adalah seorang penyanyi dan pencipta lagu asal Indonesia. Dikenal sebagai “maestro keroncong Indonesia,” ia terkenal lewat lagu Bengawan Solo ciptaannya, yang terkenal di Asia, terutama di Indonesia dan Jepang. Lagu ‘Bengawan Solo’ ciptaannya telah diterjemahkan kedalam, setidaknya, 13 bahasa (termasuk bahasa Inggris, bahasa Tionghoa, dan bahasa Jepang)

Daftar isi

 

 Lagu Bengawan Solo

Lagu ini diciptakan pada tahun 1940, ketika ia beusia 23 tahun. Gesang muda ketika itu sedang duduk di tepi Bengawan Solo, ia yang selalu kagum dengan sungai tersebut, terinspirasi untuk menciptakan sebuah lagu. Proses penciptaan lagu ini memakan waktu sekitar 6 bulan.

Lagu Bengawan Solo juga memiliki popularitas tersendiri di luar negeri, terutama di Jepang. Bengawan Solo sempat digunakan dalam salah satu film layar lebar Jepang.[1]

Kehidupan

Gesang tinggal di di Jalan Bedoyo Nomor 5 Kelurahan Kemlayan, Serengan, Solo bersama keponakan dan keluarganya, setelah sebelumnya tinggal di rumahnya Perumnas Palur pemberian Gubernur Jawa Tengah tahun 1980 selama 20 tahun. Ia telah berpisah dengan istrinya tahun 1962. Selepasnya, memilih untuk hidup sendiri. Ia tak mempunyai anak.

Gesang pada awalnya bukanlah seorang pencipta lagu. Dulu, ia hanya seorang penyanyi lagu-lagu keroncong untuk acara dan pesta kecil-kecilan saja di kota Solo. Ia juga pernah menciptakan beberapa lagu, seperti; Keroncong Roda Dunia, Keroncong si Piatu, dan Sapu Tangan, pada masa perang dunia II. Sayangnya, ketiga lagu ini kurang mendapat sambutan dari masyarakat.

Sebagai bentuk penghargaan atas jasanya terhadap perkembangan musik keroncong, pada tahun 1983 Jepang mendirikan Taman Gesang di dekat Bengawan Solo. Pengelolaan taman ini didanai oleh Dana Gesang, sebuah lembaga yang didirikan untuk Gesang di Jepang.

Gesang sempat dikabarkan meninggal dunia pada tanggal 18 Mei 2010 setelah kesehatannya dilaporkan memburuk.[2]

Gesang dilarikan ke rumah sakit akibat kesehatannya menurun pada Rabu (19/05/2010). Selanjutnya, Gesang harus dirawat di ruang ICU sejak Minggu (16/5) karena kesehatannya terus menurun. Rumah sakit membentuk sebuah tim untuk menangani kesehatan yang terdiri dari lima dokter spesialis yang berbeda. Hingga akhirnya beliau meninggal pada hari Kamis (20/05/2010) Pukul 18:10 di Rumah Sakit PKU Muhammadiyah Surakarta.[3]

 Lagu-lagu ciptaan Gesang

  • Bengawan Solo
  • Jembatan Merah
  • Pamitan (versi bahasa Indonesia dipopulerkan oleh Broery Pesulima)
  • Caping Gunung
  • Ali-ali
  • Andheng-andheng
  • Luntur
  • Dongengan
  • Saputangan
  • Dunia Berdamai
  • Si Piatu
  • Nusul
  • Nawala
  • Roda Dunia
  • Tembok Besar
  • Seto Ohashi
  • Pandanwangi
  • Impenku
  • Kalung Mutiara
  • Pemuda Dewasa
  • Borobudur
  • Tirtonadi
  • Sandhang Pangan
  • Kacu-kacu

the end @ Copyright Dr Iwan Suwandy 2011

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