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Y4 CYCLE D: World Music Traditions - Gamelan

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Genre: World Music Traditions

Style: Gamelan (Indonesian)


Composers / Artists in the style: Gamelan Gong Kebyar


Gamelan (Indonesia)

Can you spot the instruments we have learned about? Name them!

Watch for the the higher pitched instruments playing the faster melodies and the lower pitched instruments often playing slower melodies!

Gamelan Instruments

Wayang Sasak: Rangsang (1997)

Wayang Kulit - Back view of puppeteer - Indonesian gamelan shadow puppetry art

The Shadow Puppets Show in Indonesia

Wayang is an Indonesian and Malay word for theatre. When the term is used to refer to kinds of puppet theater, sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as wayang. "Bayang", the Javanese word for shadow or imagination, also connotes "spirit." Performances of shadow puppet theater are accompanied by gamelan in Java, and by "gender wayang" in Bali.

Watch Ms. Cawley's Online Music Lesson all about Gamelan music below! yes

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