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date: 22 November 2019


  • Andrew C. McGraw


Balinese gong chime. It consists of several horizontally mounted tuned bronze gongs, from 12 to 30 cm in diameter, used to perform a semi-improvised version of the melody (lagu) in several forms of Balinese gamelan, principally the gamelan gong gede (where ten gongs are used), gamelan semar pegulingan, gamelan gong kebyar (ten gongs), and gamelan semara dana. Usually the trompong is played by a single musician holding two padded wooden mallets (panggul). The gamelan gong gede may include two trompong: the larger trompong pangarep (gede) and the smaller trompong barangan tuned an octave higher. In the ancient and rare seven-tone gamelan luang (saron) the trompong is also called bonang and is arranged as a double row of gongs played by two musicians facing each other. In the gamelan gong kebyar the trompong is typically reserved for arrangements of the gong gede and ...

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