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The gamelan Digul and the prison camp musician who built it : an Australian link with the Indonesian revolution / Margaret J. Kartomi
Bib ID 1536739
Format BookBook
Author
Kartomi, Margaret J
 
Description Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2002 
xxi, 123 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.) 
ISBN 1580460887
Series

Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989.

Summary

"This is the story of a particular Javanese orchestra called the gamelan Digul, and its creator, the Indonesian musician and political activist Pontjopangrawit. He was a superb Javanese court musician who was interned for revolutionary activities in the notorious Dutch East Indies prison camp of Boven Digul. The gamelan Digul was made entirely from "found" materials in the prison camp, including kitchen utensils and old doors, and it soothed the hearts of its players in exile throughout the 1930s. In the 1940s, the gamelan was transported to Australia, where the Dutch and their prisoners took refuge from the Japanese. At first interned as enemy aliens by the Australian government, the ex-Digulists were finally released. Cultural activities within the Australian-Indonesian community - often involving the gamelan Digul - served to create sympathy and interest for Indonesian independence, which was granted in 1945.".

"Stories about particular Javanese gamelan orchestras and remarkable gamelan musicians are rare, and this book breaks new ground in both respects. Its musical and political sides will interest all those concerned with Indonesian and Southeast Asian music, performing arts, history and culture as well as the beginnings of Australian-Indonesian friendship."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [114]-117) and index.

Subjects Pontjopangrawit, -1965.  |  Gamelan Digul -- History.  |  Music -- Indonesia -- Java -- History and criticism.  |  Music -- Australia -- History and criticism.  |  Musicians -- Indonesia.

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