Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia

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Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia is an introduction to the familiar music from Southeast Asia's largest country - both as sound and cultural phenomenon. An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a melting pot of Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. Despite this diversity, it has forged a national culture, one in which music plays a significant role. Gamelan music, in particular, teaches us much about Indonesian values and modern-day life. Focus: Gamelan Music of ...

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Overview

Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia is an introduction to the familiar music from Southeast Asia's largest country - both as sound and cultural phenomenon. An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a melting pot of Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. Despite this diversity, it has forged a national culture, one in which music plays a significant role. Gamelan music, in particular, teaches us much about Indonesian values and modern-day life. Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia provides an introduction to present-day Javanese, Balinese, Cirebonese, and Sundanese gamelan music through ethnic, social, cultural, and global perspectives.

Part One, Music and Southeast Asian HistoryΒΈ provides introductory materials for the study of Southeast Asian music. Part Two, Gamelan Music in Java and Bali, moves to a more focused overview of Gamelan music in Indonesia. Part Three, Focusing In, takes an in-depth look at Sundanese gamelan traditions, as well modern developments in Sundanese music and dance. The accompanying CD offers vivid examples of traditional Indonesian gamelan music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415960670
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Series: Focus on World Music Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Spiller is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Musical Examples on Compact Disc

Series Foreword Michael B. Bakan Bakan, Michael B.

Pt. I Music and Southeast Asian History 1

1 Southeast Asian Musical Processes 3

2 Music and Culture in Southeast Asia 23

Pt. II Gamelan Music in Java and Bali 39

3 Basic Gamelan Concepts in the Music of Cirebon 41

4 Gamelan in Central Java, Eastern Java, and Bali 69

Pt. III Focusing In: Identity, Authenticity, and Tradition in Sundanese Music and Dance 107

5 Gamelan in West Java 109

6 Sundanese Gamelan Degung 143

7 Identity, Authenticity, and Tradition in Sundanese Dance Music 161

8 Music and the Future 203

Glossary 211

Additional Resources 225

Listening Guide 253

App Ensemble Instrumentation 281

References 287

Index 293

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