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date: 19 January 2021

Kempur [kempul]locked

  • Andrew C. McGraw



(1) Balinese bronze bossed gong used in ensembles including the gamelan gong, gamelan gong kebyar, gamelan bebonangan, gamelan beleganjur, gamelan pegambuhan, and gamelan semar pegulingan. It is suspended vertically in a wooden stand and is approximately 60 cm in diameter. It is beaten with a heavily padded mallet (panggul). In the gong kebyar ensemble, the kempur typically marks the second and fourth quarters of binary gong patterns, interlocking with the large gong agung and the high-pitched klentong. In the lelambatan repertoire performed by the gong gede ensemble, the kempur marks the ends of metrical phrases (palet) that subdivide the gong form. In smaller, quieter ensembles such as the semar pegulingan and pelegongan, the kempur functions as the large gong, sounding at the end of each phrase.

(2) Tube zither of Bali.

See also Agung ; Guntang; Klentong.

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