Thérèse Malengreau Fascination of Western Composers for Indonesia
Discovered by Western composers during the Universal Exhibitions held in Paris in 1899 and 1900, Javanese gamelan has greatly contributed to broadening the West’s instrumentarium, especially through its evocative percussion instruments. As such, Javanese gamelan can be seen as part of the West’s fascination for distant and exotic civilizations.
Its influence can be felt in the works of Debussy and from the end of the 19th century throughout the Western musical repertoire, which is filled with works by European composers who shaped this heritage in their own way until the emergence of new forms of composition and musical temporality in Europe and America.
Concert/conference by the Belgian pianist Thérèse Malengreau
With works for piano by C. Debussy, Benedictus, L. Godowsky, W. Niemann, O. Messiaen, Slamet A. Sjukur, M. Asmara…