Balinese Gamelan Music

With extensive photographs and an audio CD, this guide to Balinese music showcases the history, culture and art of the gamelan ceremony.

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Author: Michael Tenzer

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462908707

Category: Music

Page: 208

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With extensive photographs and downloadable audio this guide to Balinese music showcases the history, culture and art of the gamelan ceremony. Bali has develop and nourished an astonishing variety of musical ensembles—called gamelan—comprising dozens of instruments mainly made of bronze or bamboo, and organized into groups with as many as 30 to 40 players. In Balinese Gamelan Music, Michael Tenzer, a noted Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, presents an introduction to many types of Balinese gamelan ensembles, each with its own established tradition, repertoire and context. The instruments and basic principles underlying the music are introduced, providing listeners with the means to better appreciate the music—and its importance not only in Bali but around the world. The gamelan music of Bali is a centuries-old kaleidoscope of sound and rhythm that is recognized today as one of the world's most sophisticated musical traditions. Despite rapid changes in contemporary village life, hundreds of groups still perform regularly around this tiny island—from isolated mountain hamlets to the bustling precincts of Denpasar, Kuta and Ubud. The primary function of gamelan music in Bali is to accompany religious rituals. Each village typically maintains several different gamelan sets, using each one for a different set of occasions. Music is memorized, and rehearsed in village meeting halls, temples, or private homes. When a gamelan group accompanies a Balinese dance performance, the close coordination between the dancers' movements and the music is established through a complex system of interactive cues and responses. Performance standards are extremely high and even with Bali's rapid modernization in recent years, the gamelan tradition remains vital and largely undiminished by outside musical influences.

Gamelan Gong Kebyar

The most ambitious work on gamelan since Colin McPhee's classic Music in Bali, this book will interest musicians of all kinds and anyone interested in the art and culture of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Bali.

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Author: Michael Tenzer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226792811

Category: History

Page: 492

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The Balinese gamelan, with its shimmering tones, breathless pace, and compelling musical language, has long captivated musicians, composers, artists, and travelers. Here, Michael Tenzer offers a comprehensive and durable study of this sophisticated musical tradition, focusing on the preeminent twentieth-century genre, gamelan gong kebyar. Combining the tools of the anthropologist, composer, music theorist, and performer, Tenzer moves fluidly between ethnography and technical discussions of musical composition and structure. In an approach as intricate as one might expect in studies of Western classical music, Tenzer's rigorous application of music theory and analysis to a non-Western orchestral genre is wholly original. Illustrated throughout, the book also includes nearly 100 pages of musical transcription (in Western notation) that correlate with 55 separate tracks compiled on two accompanying compact discs. The most ambitious work on gamelan since Colin McPhee's classic Music in Bali, this book will interest musicians of all kinds and anyone interested in the art and culture of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Bali.

The Influence of Balinese Gamelan on the Music of Olivier Messiaen

The analysis of six major works follows, using three of the major piano works (Vision de l'Amen, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, and Quatre Etudes de Rhythme) and as many of the orchestral works (Trois Petites Liturgies, Turangalila ...

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Author: Amelia Puspita

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:301808743

Category:

Page: 115

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Olivier Messiaen gave many interviews throughout his life, in which he revealed the influence of many foreign cultures. However, the only time he mentioned the influence of the Balinese gamelan was in the sleeve note of an RCA recording of the Turangalila-Symphonie played by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Although his connection to Balinese gamelan seems tenuous, Messiaen was nevertheless influenced strongly by this culture. He might have encountered and witnessed live performances of Balinese dance and gamelan in the 1931 Paris Colonial Exhibition, whose evocation might have influenced him in evocating the sound of Balinese music in his works. The document provides a general history of Bali Island and also explains the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the 1931 Colonial Exhibition. A brief description of the Balinese society, their music and the gamelan instruments is included to give readers a general understanding about the music. It analyses all types of connections that Messiaen had with Balinese gamelan and provides a thorough methodology in determining the exact evocation of Balinese music in Messiaen's works. The analysis of six major works follows, using three of the major piano works (Vision de l'Amen, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, and Quatre Etudes de Rhythme) and as many of the orchestral works (Trois Petites Liturgies, Turangalila-Symphonie, and Chronochromie). Two comparison tables between Balinese gamelan instruments equivalent to Western instruments are available to aid in finding Balinese evocation in Messiaen's music.

Balinese Music

This book presents an introduction to more than a dozen different types of Balinese gamelan, each with its own established tradition, repertoire and social or religious context.

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Author: Michael Tenzer

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462916382

Category: Music

Page: 144

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This book presents an introduction to more than a dozen different types of Balinese gamelan, each with its own established tradition, repertoire and social or religious context. The instruments and basic principles underlying the gamelan are introduced, thus providing listeners with the means to better appreciate the music. Scores of beautiful color photographs, a discography, and a brief guide to studying and hearing the music in Bali, will prove indispensible to visitors and gamelan afficionados around the world.

Focus Gamelan Music of Indonesia

As a result, in addition to the various regional styles of gamelan music, many of
which continue to be performed, Bali is today the home of this peculiarly twentieth
-century style of gamelan: gong kebyar. In keeping with its twentieth-century ...

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Author: Henry Spiller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135901905

Category: Music

Page: 302

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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 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 History ̧ 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.

Music of Death and New Creation

The accompanying CD contains music excerpts which are listed in the book on pgs. xiii-xvii.

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Author: Michael B. Bakan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226034887

Category: Music

Page: 384

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The accompanying CD contains music excerpts which are listed in the book on pgs. xiii-xvii.

Gamelan

A gentle introduction to the familiar music from Southeast Asia's largest country-both as sound and cultural phenomenon.

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Author: Henry Spiller

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851095063

Category: Reference

Page: 395

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A gentle introduction to the familiar music from Southeast Asia's largest country--both as sound and cultural phenomenon. * Maps of Southeast Asia, Java, and Bali * 20+ photographs of musical instruments and other subjects

Balinese Discourses on Music and Modernization

CONCLUSION This exploration of Wayan Loceng's musical and pedagogical
discourses has revealed his use of proverbs ... Unlike contemporary gamelan
practices that explore the use of different performance materials in order to create
new ...

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Author: Brita Heimarck Renee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136800450

Category: Music

Page: 394

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While many Western scholars have discussed the technical aspects of Balinese music or the traditional contexts for performance, little has been written in Western languages about Balinese discourses on their music. This dissertation seeks to understand the experience of music in Bali according to Balinese voices through an analysis of oral and written dialogues on music, mainly by musicians and dalangs (shadow play puppeteers) from the village of Sukawati, scholars, teachers, administrators and students from the Indonesian College of the Arts (STSI) in the City of Denpasar. The study examines the influence of modernization on the traditional arts and their role in society. A concentration on Balinese discourses enables individual performers and scholars to represent themselves to a greater extent than previously seen in ethnomusicological scholarship, making this study more of a critical discussion among equals than a Western interpretation of 'others'. This approach permits a rare view into contemporary Balinese conceptions and practices of music.

Focus on Indonesia

Young people of the Embassy staff are learning a new musical composition on
the Balinese gamelan . S.Pd. DS i65 ... Gamelan music is not written but its
legacy of rich musical knowledge is transmitted orally from generation to
generation .

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ISBN: UVA:X001192384

Category: Indonesia

Page:

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Triguna

This book combines ethnography, philosophy, and musical analysis for an in-depth look into the social context and musical praxis of gamelan gong gede, the largest gamelan orchestra of bronze gongs and percussion on the island of Bali.

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Author: Made Mantle Hood

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825812300

Category: Social Science

Page: 476

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This book combines ethnography, philosophy, and musical analysis for an in-depth look into the social context and musical praxis of gamelan gong gede, the largest gamelan orchestra of bronze gongs and percussion on the island of Bali. The Hindu-Balinese notion of three human qualities called triguna serves as an interpretive framework for categorizing the musical repertoire, according to both widespread religious knowledge and more esoteric wisdom. (Series: KlangKulturStudien/SoundCultureStudies - Vol. 2)

Radical Traditions

Through a highly interdisciplinary approach this book presents an all-encompassing social and musical history of musik kontemporer.

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Author: Andrew Clay McGraw

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199941407

Category: History

Page: 270

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In Radical Traditions, author Andrew Clay McGraw shows how music kontemporer embodies the tensions between culture as represented and lived. Through a highly interdisciplinary approach this book presents an all-encompassing social and musical history of musik kontemporer.

Islands Magazine

Kecak: A Balinese Music Drama (Bridge Records, 1990; re released in 1993) ''I
had the good fortune to record this ... Bali: Gamelan & Kecak (Nonesuch Explorer
, 1989; re released in 2003) “This is a sampler of Bali's many musical genres.

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Balinese Dance Drama Music

The book is enhanced with a bibliography and discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.

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Author: I Wayan Dibia

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462908677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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Bali has long been known for its deep spirituality and extraordinary artistic heritage. The dances, dramas, puppetry and music of Bali are more than icons for the island; they are part and parcel of life—as expressions of devotion to the gods, as entertainment, and as a way of instilling cultural values on each generation. Balinese Dance, Drama & Music is a lavishly illustrated introduction to Bali's celebrated temple orchestra, the gamelan, to its ancient shadow puppet theater, and to a myriad of traditional and contemporary dances and dance-dramas that continue to enthrall locals and visitors alike. Ideal reading for visitors to the island as well as for anyone interested in Balinese culture, the book presents the history and function of each performance genre, with illustrations and photographs to aid in identification. Introductory sections discuss the way performing arts are learned in Bali and the basic Balinese values which are passed on in these forms, as well as some of the basic religious and cultural tenets that are expressed in the arts and the functions of the forms themselves. Different sections describe particular forms of performing arts, such as Gong Angklung, Legong, the Keraton dance, Wayang Kulit, and the new phenomenon of women's gamelan groups, the evolution of each and the place it has in the culture of Bali. The book is enhanced with a bibliography and discography and over 150 specially prepared watercolors of Balinese performers and performances.

Gamelan Girls

Sonja Lynn Downing draws on over a decade of immersive ethnographic work to analyze the ways Balinese musical practices have influenced the processes behind these dramatic changes.

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Author: Sonja Lynn Downing

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252051579

Category: Music

Page: 248

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In recent years, girls' and mixed-gender ensembles have challenged the tradition of male-dominated gamelan performance. The change heralds a fundamental shift in how Balinese think about gender roles and the gender behavior taught in children's music education. It also makes visible a national reorganization of the arts taking place within debates over issues like women's rights and cultural preservation. Sonja Lynn Downing draws on over a decade of immersive ethnographic work to analyze the ways Balinese musical practices have influenced the processes behind these dramatic changes. As Downing shows, girls and young women assert their agency within the gamelan learning process to challenge entrenched notions of performance and gender. One dramatic result is the creation of new combinations of femininity, musicality, and Balinese identity that resist messages about gendered behavior from the Indonesian nation-state and beyond. Such experimentation expands the accepted gender aesthetics of gamelan performance but also sparks new understanding of the role children can and do play in ongoing debates about identity and power.

World Music Traditions and Transformations

Introduction This chapter explores musical traditions of Balinese gamelan , with a
particular focus on the gamelan ... It is used in reference to a diverse class of
mainly percussion - dominated music ensembles found on Bali , Java , and
several ...

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Author: Michael Bakan

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: UOM:39015080825956

Category: Music

Page: 383

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From cha cha chá to jeliya and Hindustani raga to hip-hop gamelan, this exciting new text takes students on a journey through diverse musical cultures and traditions of the world. With a clear and accessible presentation style and lively and engaging writing, it is an ideal introduction to world music for non-music and music majors alike.

Analytical Studies in World Music

Opening rich cross-cultural perspectives on music, this volume addresses the practical needs of students and scholars in the contemporary world of fusions, contact, borrowing, and curiosity about music everywhere.

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Author: Michael Tenzer

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195177893

Category: Music

Page: 434

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Analytical Studies in World Music assembles eleven distinguished writers on music to discuss the detail and ingenuity with which sound is organized in musical traditions all over the world. Each chapter uses a recording, notation, diagrams, and imaginative description to bring the music to life as sound pattern and creative process, while an introductory chapter proposes ways to think about musical structures cross-culturally.

The Kendang Bebarongan in Balinese Music

The function of the instruments in the context of gamelan set according to I Ketut
Gede Asnawa in his thesis entitled “ The Kendang Gambuh in Balinese Music " is
, “ Balinese gamelan can be classified according to their function : melodic ...

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Author: I Gde Made Indra Sadguna

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210024633669

Category: Balinese (Indonesian people)

Page: 60

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Bali Lombok

The gamelan is also played in Java and Javanese gamelan music is held to be
more ' formal ' and ' classical ' than Balinese . A perhaps more telling point is that
Javanese gamelan music is rarely heard , apart from at special performances ...

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Author: Tony Wheeler

Publisher:

ISBN: 0864421338

Category: Bali (Island)

Page: 290

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Fourth edition of a travel guide first published in 1984 containing information on accommodation, food, language, transport, health, visas, culture, history, politics, religion and geography. Includes maps, an index, a glossary, and a list of useful phrases. One of the TTravel Survival Kit' series.