frenchpony (frenchpony) wrote,
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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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