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Gamelan, Indonesia, 1994

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PROGRAM

1.Gendhing Bonang
The concert starts Irimoushi or the music announcing the beginning, played with a Japanese flute and drum, and the concert grounds are purified by the dance of Kiyome or Purification in the Kagura style, followed by purification of the Gamlan style by means of the intensive sound of instruments made of bronze. Gendhing Bonang is a dynamic instrumental piece in the style of Yogyakarata.

2. Gendhing Ela-ela Kalibeber
An elegant and the only piece of classical music in the style of Surakarata, which is another royal palace town 60 kilometers east of Yogyakarata. Musical instruments like a flute and a rubab producing soft sounds join the song, and the dialogue of their purifying sounds broadens into a new horizon of music.

3. Beksan Srimpi Pandhelori
Srimpi is a gracious court dance performed by four female dancers. Its gentle movement which makes us feel the eternal flow of time and its postures full of variety make it the acem of Javanese dance. Pandhelori is the name of the piece of the Gamelan accompaniment to the dance.

4.Joint performance of Gamelan and Izumo Kagura
An attempt to mix Gamelan with Kagura, based on the music and dance of the NO-style Kagura, Susa . The performance will be done in varying forms of Kenbu or a sword dance in Susa .

5.Beksan Lawung Gagh Jajah
A dynamic dance based on the movement of a heroic general in Javanese court dance. It was originally danced as a substitute for a king who cold not be present at the wedding of the prince and the princess. In this performance, we can enjoy the charm of the interweaving of the exquisite music of the Gamelan with the dance.

6.An original piece
A modern work which is to be newly created for this concert by the prominent composers of Institute Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta.

7.Beksan Golek Menak Kelaswara-Adaningger
Sri sultan Hamengkubuwono , the king of Yogyakarta caused this dance to be created during the period from 1941 to 1943, on the basis of the classical dance and it is one of the most famous dances in Yogyakarta. The dance expresses a battle between Kelaswara, a Javanese princess, and  Adaninggar, a Chinese princess, for a Javanese prince’s love. The big bird, Garuda, carrying the Javanese princess is particularly worthy of our attention.  

 

 

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