These are examples ofpinpeat, a term related to the Thai piphat. The pinpeat is an orchestra consisting of roneat (xylophones of both wood and metal), khong wong (gong-circles in two sizes), two types of double-reeds and several types of drums. The pinpeat had a dual role in colonial era Cambodia: it participated in ceremonies of state, and it accompanied the classical dance for the benefit of the king. These selections are all from the dance repertoire, and thus seen as a refined form of entertainment.
A site devoted to Cambodian classical dance, with links to other Asian classical dance sites, can be found here.
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