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Title: Gendhing Gambir Sawit : context and association in Javanese gamelan music
Author: Posnett, David Mark
ISNI:       0000 0001 2463 3441
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1990
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This dissertation examines the nature and influence of one piece of Central Javanese gamelan music (Gendhing "Gambir Sawit") from as many standpoints as possible. The central premise is that greater understanding of the music and its cultural context results from the compatibility afforded to a broad spectrum of information by a concentrated focus on one composition. "Gambir Sawit" was chosen because of its popularity, accessibility, educational value and the wide variety of applicable contexts. Chapter I discusses general background, the "one composition" idea and the research methods employed, concluding with the basic musical material of "Gambir Sawit". Chapter II deals with the relevant traditional and contemporary literature - historical texts, vocal texts and aspects of "Gambir Sawit" in recent scholarly writings. Chapter III concerns interpretation - the theoretical and practical elements of gamelan are brought together in a description of selected possibilities for realising a single version.In the fourth chapter, different possibilities for tempo and levels of subdivision (irama) are discussed, as is the influence of "Gambir Sawit" on the repertoire as a whole. This includes a change of tuning system, experimentation, melodic connections, and adapting to different formal structures. Chapter V examines how "Gambir Sawit" adjusts to a variety of performance contexts, including shadow-puppetry (wavang kulit), two contrasting dance categories (bedhava-srimpi and gambyong) and praise singing (santiswara). In the regional contexts described in Chapter VI, the four selected locations - Yogyakarta, Tulungagung, Surabaya and Banyumas - all display their own sense of place as well as interrelated connections in performances of "Gambir Sawit". In the final chapter, a summary of the accumulated information provides an overview of the relevant contexts and associations. The concluding pages relate these to the individuality of "Gambir Sawit" and the underlying philosophies of the Javanese musical system. Appendices include range-charts, notations, bibliography and a list of recordings cited.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature Literature Mass media Performing arts