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Two Pieces for Three Gamelan Players

for two sarons and one demung

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  two sarons, one tuned in slendro and one in pelog; one demung tuned in slendro

Year:  1999
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  two sarons, one tuned in sl...


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In these pieces for a 'chamber grouping' of just three gamelan instruments, I used as the basis for composition a combined scale made up of pelog and slendro. The first piece combines a repeated ostinato and melody in a laid-back 'bluesy' kind of way. The second piece is a wholly serial composition consisting of a repeated cycle; the three performers play each note of their instrument once only (making a complete cycle) before again the notes are played in the same order, although the ensemble can be varied in the subsequent repetition. Written for Wellington's Gamelan Padhang Moncar to perform at the Beat International Festival of Gamelan held in Wellington in 1999, and recorded on CD by them on Portal 1001/2.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Gamelan Padhang Moncar with funding from Creative New Zealand for opening concert in BEAT Festival 21 March 1999

Contents note

Two pieces

Performance history

21 Mar 1999: Performed by members of Gamelan Padhang Moncar; BEAT International Gamelan Festival, Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington