Gamelan – Rhinegold Publishing



Indonesia’s national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (‘unity in diversity’), is reflected in the music of the gamelan. Every part is vital yet distinct in its contribution to the whole ensemble, from the simplest that can be mastered easily by any student, to complicated parts that will challenge the most advanced musicians. In gamelan, the whole really is greater than the parts. Mutual cooperation is vital, listening to others is key, and the aim of a gamelan player is to blend seamlessly into the complex texture.

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