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Saron Demung from the Javanese Gamelan Kyai Rengga Manis Everist

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Saron Demung

NMM 9899. Sarong Demung in Laras Slendro. Largest member of saron group. Metallophone with seven large bronze bars placed over teakwood frame. Keys held in place by two pins inserted through holes in the bar and embedded in the frame. Decorated with flower and leaf pattern covered in gold leaf. Length: 114.6 cm. Mallet (tabuh) with long handle and large, oval-shaped wooden striker.

Lotus Blossom Carving on Top of Saron Demung


Detail of lotus carving


Saron Demung with mallet

Function:  The saron instruments play the basic or skeletal melody of the music—the balungan. This basic melody is an abstraction of the melody played by the elaborating instruments. Usually the notation for any piece of music will be limited to the part played by the saron instruments.

Another view of the Saron Demung

Playing technique:  The saron instruments are played by striking the bar in its center with the oval end of the mallet and dampening the previous bar when the next is played. The player sits on the side with the pitches ascending to the right.

Side view of the Saron Demung

Go to Checklist of Musical Instruments from Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

Go to The Manufacture and Ceremonial History of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

Go to The Arrival of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan in Vermillion, July 15, 2000

Go to The Naming Ceremony for the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, April 26, 2003

Go to Glossary of Terms Relating to the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

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