Definition of gamelan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈgaməlan


  • A traditional instrumental ensemble in Java and Bali, including many bronze percussion instruments.
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    • It is performed by a simplified gamelan orchestra blending soft-sounding percussion instruments with the melancholy sounds of a flute.
    • Singers, both solo and in chorus, are frequently an important part of the gamelan and the ensemble is controlled by the kendang player, who signals changes of speed, mood, and music.
    • He built several gamelans (Indonesian percussion orchestras) and composed extensively for them.


early 19th century: from Javanese.

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