QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM’S GAMELAN ENSEMBLE – TAASA Review December 2011
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This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 50).
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Philip Courtenay and Gregg Howard In 2007 Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium acquired the use of a fine set of Central Javanese bronze gamelan instruments that were constructed in Solo specifically for a member of the Conservatorium staff.
The complete set is impressive, with its golden bronze instruments: a particularly fine example of the art of bronze-working, set in intricately carved and gilded wooden cases. Gamelan is the collective term for an ensemble of Indonesian instruments.
It is derived from the word gamel meaning a hammer or beater with which some of the instruments are sounded...