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"One of the earliest examples of crossover music is the music of French composer Claude Debussy. In 1889 the French government staged the great Paris Exposition, an event that was to have profound effects on many areas of western art and music. Debussy visited the exposition and it was here that he first heard gamelan music performed by Sundanese musicians. He was transfixed by the hypnotic, layered sound of the gamelan orchestra and reportedly returned to the Dutch East Indies pavilion over several days to listen to the Indonesian musicians perform and to study the structure and tuning of this novel musical form. His exposure to gamelan music had a direct influence on the composition of his famous Nocturnes for orchestra. "--Sholem Stein

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The Sunda Islands are a group of islands in the western part of Maritime Southeast Asia.

They are divided into two groups, with the Greater Sunda group being referred to much less than the Lesser Sunda.

The territory of the islands is divided between the present-day countries of Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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