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Kumandang (string quartet)

Kumandang (2013) is based on the degung klasik style of Sundanese gamelan degung. Pieces composed in the degung klasik style are heterophonic. One performer plays a core melody while others play simplified or embellished versions of the same tune. In this piece, the core melody and other roles are passed between the players, who imitate each other frequently. Kumandang is an Indonesian word meaning repercussion, resonance, or echo. The title refers both to the imitative nature of the piece, and to its conception as an echo of the traditional klasik style. You can view the score, and listen to a recording by Kaylyn Legare, Shelby Marshall, Sarah McCabe, and Raymond Wieser below.


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