The Music Of Bali And Its History, Beliefs, And Values, Musical Elements, Cultural Context And

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Introduction Gamelan is a term for various types of orchestra played in Indonesia. As Indonesia entails 17000 islands, there are many different styles of gamelan, and no gamelan orchestra is considered to be the same as another (See Y-S, 2000). The music of Bali - a Hindu island afloat in a Muslim sea - was described by the American composer Colin McPhee as the “stirring mystery of a thousand bells” (Gordon, 1994). Varieties of gamelan are distinguished through tunings, style, cultural context and the collection of instruments used. The varieties are generally grouped geographically, with certain styles being shared by nearby ensembles, therefore leading to a regional style (See Y-S, 2000). Balinese gamelan is the main element of Indonesian traditional music as well as belonging to the sacred elements of their culture. Throughout the following investigation, the style of Balinese gamelan will be analysed through its history, beliefs and values, musical elements, cultural effects and future observations. - what will I discuss/address - I will then provide context to this by... - The musical elements will then be deconstructed . 1.0 What is Balinese Gamelan? Bali is one of many islands which make up the Indonesian archipelago and is located between the larger islands of Java and Lombok (E-Lr, 2015). Balinese gamelan is often connected with the proficiency and rapid virtuosity of gamelan gong kebyar, its best-known style. “Balinese music is most often characterised by its

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