Music in Central Java: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture Includes CD

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Music in Central Java is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information ...

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Overview

Music in Central Java is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Music in Central Java offers a vivid introduction to the region's musical and cultural landscape, showing how three themes—flexibility, appropriateness, and interconnectedness—characterize Javanese musical practices and traditions. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork, author Benjamin Brinner takes an in-depth look at gamelan music—a traditional musical ensemble tradition that typically features metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs—providing readers with a sense of what it means to be a musician performing gamelan. Building from fundamental Javanese concepts of time and melody, the book covers gamelan's instruments, musical idioms, and central interactions and also surveys contrasting performance contexts. It examines both the theatrical and musical aspects of the vibrant tradition of shadow-puppet plays (Wayang kulit) and offers a broad survey of other music found in Central Java. In addition, Music in Central Java provides an engaging portrait of a leading Javenese musician, traces musical responses to radical social, political, and cultural changes over the past century, and considers Javanese music in relation to Indonesia and the rest of the world.
Enhanced by eyewitness accounts of performances, interviews with key performers, vivid illustrations, and hands-on listening activities, this book is a captivating introduction to the music of Central Java. It is packaged with a 78-minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book.

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"In most respects, this is not [just] an introduction to Central Javanese gamelan; it is a thorough exploration of Central Java's music, musicians, structures, and contexts. As such, it is remarkable."—David Harnish, Bowling Green State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195147360
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2007
  • Series: Global Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     xi
Preface     xiii
CD Track List     xvii
First Hearings     1
Introduction     1
What Is a Gamelan?     3
Gamelan Performance Contexts in Solo: Life Cycles and Musical Cycles     4
Cyclicity and Coincidence     11
Music in the Everyday     13
Patronage and Sociopolitical Change     15
Social Status, Language, and Interaction     16
Gamelan at the Radio Station     17
Similarities and Differences     19
Categories and Cross-Cultural (Mis)Communication     21
Conclusion: Three Themes     22
Flexibility of Frameworks and Processes     22
Appropriateness     23
Interconnectedness     23
A Sense of Time     25
Making and Marking Musical Time: Gongs and Drums     27
Cyclicity and Colotomic Function     28
Drumming     33
Lancaran Drum Patterns     37
Gongs, Drums, and the Flexibility of Time     44
Gamelan, Tuning, and Instrumental Melody     48
Gamelan Tunings     52
Tuning Systems: Slendro and Pelog     53
Gamelan Instruments     55
Instrumental Melody     59
Melody and Elaboration     66
Balungan, Peking, and Bonang     66
"Ladrang Asmaradana"     69
Songs, Singers, and Gamelan     74
Social Aspects of Singing     74
Poetry, Song, and Gamelan     76
Conclusion     87
Melodic Elaboration and Training in the Arts     88
Rebab, Gender, and Other Elaborating Instruments     88
Cengkok, Variation, and the Transmission of Musical Knowledge     93
Shadows and Tales     97
Wayang in Pangkah Village     97
Javanese Shadow Plays     102
The Stories and the Telling: The Main Elements     104
Physical Setup     104
Plots and Plot Sources     107
Characters and Character Types     108
Language and Voice     111
Movement Patterns     112
Dramatic Structure: Schemata of Various Sizes     113
Conclusion     114
Music for Motion and Emotion - Wayang Kulit     117
"Brajadenta Balela"     117
Wayang Repertoire     124
Music for Expressing Emotion: Sulukan     124
Music for Accompanying Motion: Gendhing Lampah     126
Music for Setting a Scene: Gendhing     132
Return to "Brajadenta Balela"     135
Flexibility and Appropriateness     139
Conventions and Innovations     140
Java and Beyond     144
Pak Cokro     144
Interconnectedness: Theater, Dance, and Music     148
Educational Institutions     151
Regionalism and the Dominance of Solonese Style     152
Java and the Rest of Indonesia     153
Java and the World     153
Conclusion     155
Glossary     157
References     161
Resources     163
Index     167
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