Surakarta: The Author, 1971.
Folio, 320 x 210 mm. Original printed wrappers with titling to upper. 1f. (author's note), 21 pp., 1f. (index). Printed on one side of the leaf only. Text in Indonesian.
Soeroso. Rebaban Gending. Surakarta: [the author], 1975. Original printed wrappers with titling to upper. 1f. (author's note), 70 pp., 1f. (title) 1f. (index). Printed on one side of the leaf only. Text in Indonesian.
Wrappers worn, soiled, and faded; spines chipped. Slightly browned; minor thumbing; small tears.
Two method books for learning to play the rebab in the context of Indonesian gamelan.
The first volume introduces the instrument and gives fingering positions in the two modes (laras) used by the rebab, Sléndro and Pélog, as well as cipher notation (including pitches, fingering, and bowing) for 18 unique patets.
The second volume contains lessons (pelajaran) in playing the instrument, reading cipher notation, and practical examples of gending.
"The rebab is said to be the leader of the gamelan ensemble. It is a two-stringed bowed lute which sounds bright, light, and clear. ... Javanese musicians and theorists describe the function of the rebab as pambura lagu which means that which has authority over the melody.... Throughout the gending the rebab gives direction to the melodic motion." Sumarsam: Inner Melody in Javanese Gamelan Music in Asian Music, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 6.
The terms patet and gending are not easily defined using western musical conceptualizations. Very simply, the patet represents discreet pitch content outlining both the melodic and harmonic content of the piece; the gending refers to the organization of time, both rhythm and meter, as well as the overall cyclical structure of a piece.
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