MUSC301 University of Michigan Gamelan Music Paper

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Part of our goal in MUS 125 is to refine the way we speak about music, particularly in respect to the elements that are common in music in various cultures, as well as the way we make connections to the cultures that music stemmed from.

Write a brief (300-350 word) essay that explains the significance of the gamelan to someone who doesn’t understand the instruments or the culture. What does the gamelan represent in Javanese culture? What does the music sound like? You may paraphrase the articles you read, but you may not quote directly. This should represent your own synthesis and understanding of the material.

A score of 10 represents a well constructed essay with few or no grammatical errors, and factual information gleaned from the sources and recording given.

Reading 1:https://yalegamelan.yale.edu/brief-introduction-gamelan-music

Reading 2: http://www.gamelan.org/library/writings/susiloessay.html


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