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Gamelan: Cultural Interaction and Musical Development in Central Java (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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Gamelan is the first study of the music of Java and the development of the gamelan to take into account extensive historical sources and contemporary cultural theory and criticism. An ensemble dominated by bronze percussion instruments that dates back to the twelfth century in Java, the gamelan as a musical organization and a genre of performance reflects a cultural heritage that is the product of centuries of interaction between Hindu, Islamic, European, Chinese, and Malay cultural forces.

Drawing on sources ranging from a twelfth-century royal poem to the writing of a twentieth-century nationalist, Sumarsam shows how the Indian-inspired contexts and ideology of the Javanese performing arts were first adjusted to the Sufi tradition and later shaped by European performance styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He then turns to accounts of gamelan theory and practice from the colonial and postcolonial periods. Finally, he presents his own theory of gamelan, stressing the relationship between purely vocal melodies and classical gamelan composition.

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A detailed study of the music of Java and the development of the gamelan, an ensemble dominated by bronze percussion instruments that dates back to the 12th century in Java. Sumarsam (music, Wesleyan U. and internationally-known gamelan musician) describes the diverse influences on gamelan music and performance and assesses historical and current gamelan theory and practice.
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Gamelan is the first study of the music of Java and the development of the gamelan to take into account extensive historical sources and contemporary cultural theory and criticism. An ensemble dominated by bronze percussion instruments that dates back to the twelfth century in Java, the gamelan as a musical organization and a genre of performance reflects a cultural heritage that is the product of centuries of interaction between Hindu, Islamic, European, Chinese, and Malay cultural forces.

Drawing on sources ranging from a twelfth-century royal poem to the writing of a twentieth-century nationalist, Sumarsam shows how the Indian-inspired contexts and ideology of the Javanese performing arts were first adjusted to the Sufi tradition and later shaped by European performance styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He then turns to accounts of gamelan theory and practice from the colonial and postcolonial periods. Finally, he presents his own theory of gamelan, stressing the relationship between purely vocal melodies and classical gamelan composition.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-337) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Note on Orthography

Introduction

1: From Hindu to Islam: The Early History of Javanese Music

2: Javanese Interaction with European Colonialism, Islam, and the Peranakaa Chinese: A Period of Intensive Cultural Development

3: The Impact of Western Thought on Javanese Views of Music

4: Current Theories of Gendhing

Conclusion

Appendix: Gamelan Instruments

Glossary

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226780115
Subtitle:
Cultural Interaction and Musical Development in Central Java
Author:
Sumarsam
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music
Subject:
World Beat - NonWestern Music
Subject:
Gamelan
Subject:
Music, javanese
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Genres & Styles - International
Subject:
Music -- Indonesia -- Java.
Subject:
Gamelan - Indonesia - Java
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19951215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftone, 24 line drawings, 51 tables
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Gamelan is the first study of the music of Java and the development of the gamelan to take into account extensive historical sources and contemporary cultural theory and criticism. An ensemble dominated by bronze percussion instruments that dates back to the twelfth century in Java, the gamelan as a musical organization and a genre of performance reflects a cultural heritage that is the product of centuries of interaction between Hindu, Islamic, European, Chinese, and Malay cultural forces.

Drawing on sources ranging from a twelfth-century royal poem to the writing of a twentieth-century nationalist, Sumarsam shows how the Indian-inspired contexts and ideology of the Javanese performing arts were first adjusted to the Sufi tradition and later shaped by European performance styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He then turns to accounts of gamelan theory and practice from the colonial and postcolonial periods. Finally, he presents his own theory of gamelan, stressing the relationship between purely vocal melodies and classical gamelan composition.

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