Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An Indonesian orchestra composed mainly of tuned percussion instruments such as bamboo xylophones, wooden or metal chimes, and gongs.

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  • noun A genre of music of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophones, drums, gongs and a bamboo flute (called a siuling).
  • noun The name of the ensemble performing this style of music.

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  • noun a traditional Indonesian ensemble typically including many tuned percussion instruments including bamboo xylophones and wooden or bronze chimes and gongs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Javanese, from Old Javanese gamĕlan, percussion instrument, ensemble of percussion instruments, from gamĕl, to play a percussion instrument.]

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From Malay gamelan, from Javanese gamelan.

Examples

  • And it's wonderful because the gamelan is like a microcosm of how the Balinese live.

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  • Western keyboard and hammered instruments have go from low to high as you move to the right — I believe the xylophone-like instruments in gamelan orchestras are like this too — which means that the more technically difficult lines are more often played with the right hand.

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  • A gamelan is a musical instrument from Indonesia - typically from the islands of Bali or Java - featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs, bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.

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  • A gamelan is a musical instrument from Indonesia - typically from the islands of Bali or Java - featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs, bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.

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  • A gamelan is a musical instrument from Indonesia - typically from the islands of Bali or Java - featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs, bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.

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  • The skeleton rehearsal orchestra started up: a double-sided drum, a gamelan which is a sort of oriental xylophone and a big wooden wheel festooned with tinkling bells.

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  • For instance, anyone who has heard Balinese gamelan knows that it is fast and furious compared to Malay (Terengganu) gamelan which is more stately, relaxed and melodious.

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  • The last time gamelan hit the headlines was when some rabble-rousers accused Malaysia of "stealing" cultural heritage, such as gamelan, from Indonesia.

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  • Brisbane (ANTARA News) - Konsulat RI di Darwin memperkenalkan permainan "gamelan", alat musik kas Jawa, kepada siswa dari sejumlah sekolah di Australia, melalui sebuah lokakarya seni budaya Nusantara.

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  • John Cage's "Amores" joined the gamelan-like sound of prepared piano, played by Lin, with parts for three percussionists.

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