Musical Instruments of South-East Asia
Many Western composers, including Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen, and Britten, have found inspiration in South East Asia's ancient musical traditions. Contact with a different musical language prompts many questions; this book is an attempt to set the scene and to answer the most essential of these, in as non-technical a way as possible. It focuses on the instruments themselves, set in the context of their musical function and of the history, beliefs, and social customs which the music expresses.
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The Musical Setting
Wooden Percussion Instruments and Drums
Wind and String Instruments
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ancient angklung Angkor Asian music Bali Balinese Balinese gamelan bamboo tubes barung bonang Borobudur bronze drums Burma Burmese celempung Central Java ceremonies China Chinese Colour Plate 18 courts cultural cymbals dance East elsewhere ensembles example five-note flute frame drums gambang kayu gamelan gong gamelan instruments gamelan orchestras gangsa gender gong ageng gong gede gong-chime groups Indian Indonesia instru Javanese Javanese gamelan kacapi Kampuchea kebyar kempul kendang kenong keys khgng wong khlui klgng Laos large gamelan lute melody ments metal modern musicians notes oboe octave pair panerus pelog Peninsular Malaysia performance Philippines pitch Plate 22 played player plucked popular ranat ek ranat thum ranat thum lek rebab rebana reed region resonator reyong rituals Sabah saron shaped skin slendro smaller South-East Asia strings suling Surakarta suspended gongs taphon Thai Thailand trompong tuned types of gamelan versions Vietnam wayang kulit West Java Western music wooden xylophone zither