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Gamelan Hymns

We just got our first batch of music for our spring concert. Two of the pieces appear to be (or at least have the titles of) Baptist hymns arranged for gamelan. We have "Wondrous Love" and a piece called "Holy Mana," though it's not the same "Holy Manna" as is in The Sacred Harp. Also, just came out of the printer, a ladrang called "Foundation," which is definitely a hymn name, not a Javanese name.

I am instantly intrigued. I knew that missionaries had done work in Java, both Protestant and Catholic, but I'm fascinated by these hymns. The Javanese modes don't work at all like Baptist hymns, and I'm excited to see how these two styles work together!

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lcohen
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
thanks for the earworms!
frenchpony
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Even better? I just took a look at the gérongs (chorus melodies) for "Foundation" and "Wondrous Love," and they appear to be, as close as is possible, Javanese approximations for our "Wondrous Love" and "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord." Texts and everything!
plorkwort
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Isn't "Happy Land" another of those missionary tunes with an interesting history?
frenchpony
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
"Happy Land" is supposed to have been adapted from a raga, yes.

I'm intrigued to hear how the missionary tunes adapt into other musical systems.
rhobike
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
You've piqued my interest. Concert is April 26? I'll try to make it if friend's wedding festivities don't interfere.

frenchpony
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yup, I think it's the 26th. I'll check that and get back to you on Thursday. I can also report in as to how the hymns sound in gamelan!
perelleth
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
let us know how the mix turned out!
frenchpony
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Will do!
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