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The Art of The Arranger in Pop Sunda, Sundanese Popular Music of West Java, Indonesia

Ridwan, Indra (2014) The Art of The Arranger in Pop Sunda, Sundanese Popular Music of West Java, Indonesia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation is a historical and stylistic analysis of music arranging in pop Sunda. Pop Sunda is modern commercial popular music in the Sundanese language accompanied by primarily Western instruments. The music blends traditional Sundanese and Western musical elements. I use pop Sunda as a case study to show that the role of the arranger is paramount in the production of pop Sunda, and that the arranger performs functions that are quite different from arrangers in other kinds of music. In pop Sunda, the arranger is also a composer who chooses the instruments and electronic sound timbres; composes melodic and rhythmic parts; determines the tempo; and sets the harmonic foundation of a piece. The arranger is a producer who coordinates the recording session and helps the composer, singers, and musicians understand the tastes of the audience. The arranger may also be a musician and studio engineer in the process of production. However, arrangers rarely receive credit as significant actors in the creation of pop Sunda.

In order to demonstrate the central role of the arranger, I investigate the role of five prominent arrangers of pop Sunda: Mohammad Jassin, Tan Déséng, Yan Ahimsa, Doél Sumbang, and Ari Prigara. I use musical analysis to show points of interest and significant sonic devices to distinguish styles of arranging, from the 1960s to 2012. By tracing the history of pop Sunda through the lens of arranging, my dissertation aims to provide a new way of understanding the production of modern Sundanese music.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ridwan, Indrainr5@pitt.eduINR5
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeintraub, Andrewanwein@pitt.eduANWEIN
Committee MemberRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.eduROSENBLU
Committee MemberScaglion, Richardscaglion@pitt.eduSCAGLION
Committee MemberHelbig, AdrianaANH59@pitt.eduANH59
Date: 24 September 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 April 2014
Approval Date: 24 September 2014
Submission Date: 15 August 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 231
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: pop Sunda; Moh. Jassin; Tan Deseng; Arranger; Sundanese Popular Music; Yan Ahimsa
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 18:12
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:23


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