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date: 16 November 2019


  • Andrew C. McGraw


Xylophones of Bali.

(1) A Balinese xylophone consisting of several bamboo tubes of the grantang type hung horizontally in a frame. A set of six two-octave rindik, tuned to slendro, are combined with klenang, kendang, ceng-ceng, tawa-tawa gong pulu (gong kemoḍong), klentong, and several suling to form the gamelan joged bumbung, a popular village form used to accompany male and female flirtation dances (joged). The core melody is performed in parallel octaves on the larger, lower octave rindik while interlocking ornamentation is provided on higher octave instruments. The core of the ensemble’s repertoire appears to be borrowed from the older, bronze gamelan pelegongan ensemble.

(2) A Balinese xylophone consisting of several bamboo bars suspended over tuned resonators as in the Balinese gender. This rare instrument is only found in the gamelan gandrung which accompanies a dance formerly performed solely by men dressed as women, but increasingly performed by women as well. This nearly extinct five-tone ...

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