Gamelan Music is music from the choral sound of the gong, kenong and other Javanese music instruments. The rhythm of the music is soft and reflects the harmony of Javanese people alive will soon greet and calm the soul so heard

Gamelan music is certainly not unfamiliar. Its popularity has penetrated a variety of continental and has raised a new blend of music jazz-gamelan, gave birth to the institution as a learning space and gamelan music expression produces a famous gamelan musicians. Gamelan music performances can be enjoyed in various parts of the world, but Yogyakarta is the most appropriate place to enjoy gamelan because this is in the city you can enjoy the original version.

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The gamelan Yogyakarta is Javanese Gamelan, a form of gamelan with Balinese Gamelan or Sundanese Gamelan. Javanese gamelan has softer tones and slow, in contrast to the Balinese Gamelan harmony and Sundanese Gamelan that is highly in 2009 and dominated the sound of flutes. The difference is reasonable, since Java has its own view of life that is expressed in its gamelan music rhythms.

The Harmony of Pshysical and Spiritual through Gamelan Music

The Java view of life that is expressed in its gamelan music is the harmony of physical and spiritual life, harmony in speak and act so as not to bring up the expression of that explosiveness and embody the tolerance. Her music is evident in the form of pull of the rope the rebab is being balanced sound alloy, kenong, saron kendang and gambang and the sound of the gong at the closing of each rhythm.

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There is no clarity about the history of the emergence of the gamelan. Development of gamelan music is estimated since the emergence of the slit drum, rebab, Pats, friction on the rope or thin bamboo until the introduction of metal instruments. Further development is named after the gamelan, this music used to accompany wayang performances, and dance. It was only at some time later stands as its own music and comes with the sound of the sinden.

The Set of Gamelan Music

A set of gamelan consists of several musical instruments, including a set of similar musical instruments called drums , rebab and kendang celempung, gambang, gong and bamboo flute. Main components composing the gamelan instruments are bamboo, metal, and wood. Each tool has its own function in the performance of gamelan music, for example, gong plays the close a long rhythm of the music and give balance after previously decorated by rhythm music repertoire.

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Javanese gamelan is music with a tone of pentatonis. One game the complete gamelan consists of two rounds, namely slendro and pelog. Slendro has 5 melodies per octave namely 1 2 3 4 5 6 [C-D E + G A] with small interval difference. Pelog has 7 melodies per octave namely 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [C + D E-F # G # A B] with a big interval difference. Gamelan music composition created with some rules, that consists of several rounds and pathet, confined by one Gong and the melodies were created in a unit that consists of 4 tone.

You can see gamelan as a show of its own music and as accompanist to the performing arts such as dance or wayang kulit and ketoprak. As a show of its own, gamelan music is usually combined with the voice of the singer of Javanese (singer guy called wiraswara and a female singer called waranggana). Gamelan music performances can now be held is classical or contemporary gamelan. One form of contemporary gamelan is jazz-gamelan which is a blend of blend of music and pentatonis pitched diatonic melodies.

Gamelan Music Performance at Keraton Jogjakarta 


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One of the places in the city where you can see gamelan performances is the Kraton Yogyakarta. On Thursday at 10.00-12.00 pm held gamelan as a musical performance. Saturday at the same time held the gamelan music as wayang kulit, while Sundays at the same time held the gamelan music as a counterpoint to traditional Javanese dance. To see the show, you can go to Sri Manganti Ward. While to see older gamelan, you can go to the Palace to other wards are located further back. Gamelan music is indeed a traditional music which is still preserved in Indonesia, as a cultural richness which is proud of. Many tourists who are fond of the strains of gamelan music that soothes the soul and mind.

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