Monday, November 30, 2015

Unusual concertos [96]: Gamelan ensemble

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 90+ this time.

The ninety-sixth concerto deals with the gamelan ensemble (image credit). This traditional Indonesian group has slowly penetrated classical music, thanks mainly to American composers like Lou Harrison. I came across one concerto where it is used as the concertante "instrument" in combination with a classical Western symphony orchestra. It was composed by Matthew Martin, and a performance is available on YouTube.

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