Kagungan Dalem Gamelan
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Acquired during the Reign of Sultan Hamengku Buwana VIII
Type: common practice
Tuning: sléndro (Madukentir); pélog (Siratmadu)

Audio Clip (Madukentir), Audio Clip (Siratmadu)

K.K. Madukentir (Honey Current) and K.K. Siratmadu (Radiance Honey) were commissioned together in 1901 by Pangeran (Prince) Puruboyo, who twenty years later was to become the Eighth Sultan. These two sets were basically modern gamelans when they were constructed, although a few additional instruments were added to them early in their history. One peculiarity of their instrumentation is that both sets include an archaic melodic instrument called cluring (see below, left), otherwise found only in the very old gamelan pusaka K.K. Kancilbelik. We can only speculate that it was the prince’s admiration of this revered old set that prompted him to order clurings for these otherwise modern sets. From the time of their introduction into the palace in the 1920s up to the present K.K. Madukentir and K.K. Siratmadu have been considered general purpose gamelans used for dance accompaniment and especially for concert performance (uyon-uyon). Along with three other sléndro-pélog pairings of common practice palace gamelans, K.K. Madukentir and K.K. Siratmadu have been used in rotation over the past several decades for uyon-uyon Hadiluhung broadcasts and for dance rehearsal accompaniment.

These sets are decorated identically. They are painted a dark red and have a vegetation carving motif highlighted in gold. Seen at the center of the tebungan (front board) of the gendèr-type instruments facing the audience and also above the gong racks encircled by the tails of naga (mythological serpents) is a stylized monogram consisting of the entwined letters (Roman) P, B, and J. These letters are taken from the name of the Eighth Sultan at the time he commissioned the sets—Puruboyo, which at the time was spelled Purubojo.

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