Set B3e Javanese Gamelan Siteran Orchestra
Gamelan Siteran is a small orchestra common in featuring portable, inexpensive instruments instead of the heavy bronze metallophones of a typical gamelan. Siters and celempung of various sizes are the characteristic instruments in Gamelan Siteran which would also include a kendhang (drum), a large suling (flute) and, perhaps a gong kemodhong, functioning as a gong ageng. It is typically accompanied by singing as well. The siters are often homemade, something which is impossible with the more characteristic gamelan instruments. Performances are usually of pieces from the standard Javanese gamelan repertoire.
The siter and celempung are plucked string instruments used in gamelan. The siter is generally about a foot long and fits in a box (which it is set upon while played), while the celempung is about three feet long and sits on four legs, and is tuned one octave below the siter. Siters and celempung of various sizes are the characteristic instruments in Gamelan Siteran, although they are used in many other varieties of gamelan as well.
We offer two set variants with the usual variations in musicians.
Set B3eJ JAVANESE GAMELAN SITERAN ORCHESTRA
A typical Javanese Gamelan Siteran. Additional musicians and instruments could include a gong kemodhong and pesinden. Musicians are painted in typical tradecloth sarong patterns and wearing motley jackets or are bare-chested.
Set B3eJK JAVANESE KRATON GAMELAN SITERAN ORCHESTRA
Presumably with the popularity of Gamelan Siteran, the Javanese Kraton would want their own refined version of the orchestra. This mock-up shows a proposed set of the Yogya Kraton (note the sarong patterns), the musicians awaiting to be further adorned with the ceremonial red sembong. A variation could represent the Solo Kraton orchestra as well.