Cultural Interaction and Musical Development in Central Java
Drawing on sources ranging from a twelfth-century royal poem to the writing of a twentieth-century nationalist, Sumarsam shows how the Indian-inspired contexts and ideology of the Javanese performing arts were first adjusted to the Sufi tradition and later shaped by European performance styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He then turns to accounts of gamelan theory and practice from the colonial and postcolonial periods. Finally, he presents his own theory of gamelan, stressing the relationship between purely vocal melodies and classical gamelan composition.
Note on Orthography
1: From Hindu to Islam: The Early History of Javanese Music
2: Javanese Interaction with European Colonialism, Islam, and the Peranakaa Chinese: A Period of Intensive Cultural Development
3: The Impact of Western Thought on Javanese Views of Music
4: Current Theories of Gendhing
Appendix: Gamelan Instruments