#3547: Music for Gamelan

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For this New Sounds, hear music that features the gamelan, that large percussion orchestra, (usually metal - \m/), traditionally associated with the royal courts of Indonesia. Listen to music from the Royal Court Gamelan of Surakarta, from a classic Nonesuch Explorer recording.  Also, hear music for gamelan by the American composer Lou Harrison, who with his partner, Bill Colvig, eventually designed and built their own gamelan ensembles. Plus, there’s music from the German composer Eberhard Schoener who combined gamelan and electronics, along with something from Gamelan Son of Lion.

PROGRAM #3547–Music for Gamelan  (First aired on 12/18/2013)             





Bill Alves

Imbal-Imbalan new music for gamelan

Elegy for Bill Colvig [9:33]

Spectral Harmonies #001.

Royal Court Gamelan of Surakarta

Explorer Series: Indonesia

Java: Court Gamelan, Volume II


Babar Layar (Setting the Sail) [21:09]

Nonesuch 79721

Lou Harrison, William Winant, members of the Mirecourt Trio & the Mills College Gamelan Ensemble

Double Concerto for V

Lou Harrison: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Javanese Gamelan, Mvmt. 1 [8:14]

Music & Arts 635 Out of print. Reissued with different pairing of Harrison’s Piano Trio, for violin, cello & piano on Music & Arts 1073. Available at Amazon.com or Arkiv Music www.arkivmusic.com

Eberhard Schoener

Bali Agung

Nadi [6:14]

Celestial Harmonies #002.
Info at www.eberhard-schoener.com
but the album seems to be long out of print.

Gamelan Son of Lion


David Simons: Naked We Stand [5:58]

Innova 718