Nowhere is the richness of Balinese art more evident than in this glittering music, which uses a 25-piece gamelan of metallophones, gongs, cymbals, drums, and flutes. The relatively new style of gamelan gong kebjar changed the form radically: kebjar, literally meaning to burst into flame, refers to the free virtuosic passages interspersed with traditional forms.
Nowhere is the richness of Balinese art more evident than in the glitteringly brilliant music and dance of gamelan gong kebjar, which uses a 25-piece orchestra of xylophone-like bronze-keyed instruments, tuned gongs, cymbals, drums, and flutes. This style is relatively new. The earlier musical style known as gamelan gong was stately in pace. Gamelan means orchestra; gong refers to the large gong used in the orchestra. But when the kebjar style came into existence, this traditional form changed radically. Kebjar literally means to burst into flame. Musically, kebjar refers to free virtuoso passages which are interspersed with the traditional episodes.
FROM THE ORIGINAL LINER NOTES (1969)