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Open Access 1. Recollecting Resonances: Listening to an Indonesian–Dutch Musical Heritage

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1. Recollecting Resonances: Listening to an Indonesian–Dutch Musical Heritage

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Remembrance of the Dutch era in contemporary Indonesian society is quite a different story. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which deals with the Dutch or Indische side of things. Western-style music education was the inspiration for Indonesian music institutions, the first of which was the Konservatori Karawitan Indonesia, established in Solo, Central Java, in 1950. Many have commented on how the recognition of an Indisch identity in the Netherlands has, in fact, hindered reconciliation with present-day Indonesia, preferring to deal with sentiments at home rather than to keep in sync with modern day developments in the former colony. Much of the work by Indonesian, Dutch and Indisch musicians dealt with in the book has always been torn between Indocentric performance and a cosmopolitan syncretism, both of which are characterized by many of the popular entertainment genres in early Java, Bali, Sumatra and elsewhere.

Keywords: Dutch musician; Indisch musician; Indonesian society; Java



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