Definition of pathet
: any of six modes in Javanese gamelan music characterized by specific cadential patterns, emphasized notes, and melodic formulas in the pelog and slendro tunings A large variety of pathet are used in Javanese and Balinese gamelan, each of them based on pitch material extracted from either the pelog scale or the slendro scale. — Jan Laurens Hartong, Musical Terms Worldwide, 2006
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