Library of Congress

Authorities & Vocabularies

The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service > LC Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT)

From Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music


kaw law


  • A vertical log xylophone of northeastern Thailand.

  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Variants

    • bong lang
    • khō̜lō̜
    • pong lang
    • pong larng
    • pōnglāng
  • Broader Terms

  • Sources

    • found: Bussakorn Sumrongthong. Pōnglāng, 2010:p. 1 (Pōnglāng is a musical instrument played in northeastern Thailand, in particular Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Roi Et and Ubon Ratchathani Provinces. It is made of pieces of wood strung together, similar to the ranāt but without the resonator) p. 21 (Khō̜lō̜ is another name for Pōnglāng. This name comes from the term Kro̜lō̜, which is used to refer to a Pōnglāng ensemble in the Amphoe Muang Kalasin District of Kalasin Province.)
    • found: Grove dictionary of musical instruments, 2nd edition, viewed online Apr. 17, 2015(Kaw law (pong lang): Xylophone with 12 diagonally suspended log bars, found principally in Kalasin Province, northeastern Thailand. Though resembling ancient bamboo instruments of similar design in the Vietnamese highlands, the kaw law attained its present form during the first half of the 20th century. It hangs from a tree or other support with the largest bar at the top and the smallest near the ground. Kaw law also denotes a xylophone of the Lao people in Thailand, consisting of 12 graduated bamboo tubes hanging between a tree and the player's leg.)
    • found: New Grove dictionary of musical instruments, 1984:p. 366 (Kaw law (bong lang): Vertical xylophone with 12 logs, found principally in Kalasin Province, north-eastern Thailand. Though related to ancient instruments of the Vietnamese highlands, the kaw law attained its present form during the 20th century)
    • found: Wikipedia, Apr. 17, 2015(pong lang; log xylophone from the Isan region of northeast Thailand; generally played by two players)
    • found: Miller, T.E. The ranat and bong-lang: the question of origin of the Thai xylophones, via WWW, Apr. 21, 2015:p. 145 (bong-lang is from Galasin (Kalasin) province in the northeast region of Thailand; the bong-lang is a vertical xylophone, i.e., a succession of struck hardwood logs each with its own pitch) p. 147 ("According to informants, the proper name of the instrument is kaw-law.")
    • found: Pong larng dance from Kalasin, Thailand, 1989?
  • General Notes

    • A vertical log xylophone of northeastern Thailand.
  • Change Notes

    • 2015-04-22: new
    • 2015-08-12: revised
  • Alternate Formats