Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia (Focus on World Music Series)

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Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia is an introduction to the familiar music from Southeast Asia's largest country - both as sound and cultural phenomenon. An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a melting pot of Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. Despite this diversity, it has forged a national culture, one in which music plays a significant role. Gamelan music, in particular, teaches us much about Indonesian values and modern-day life. Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia provides an introduction to present-day Javanese, Balinese, Cirebonese, and Sundanese gamelan music through ethnic, social, cultural, and global perspectives.

Part One, Music and Southeast Asian History¸ provides introductory materials for the study of Southeast Asian music. Part Two, Gamelan Music in Java and Bali, moves to a more focused overview of Gamelan music in Indonesia. Part Three, Focusing In, takes an in-depth look at Sundanese gamelan traditions, as well modern developments in Sundanese music and dance. The accompanying CD offers vivid examples of traditional Indonesian gamelan music.

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Henry Spiller is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis.

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"The material on the gamelan will be useful even to specialists as a general survey of music from the region. The book is well balanced, written in jargon-free language while providing detailed discussion of composition and performance techniques . . . Summing Up: Essential. All collections supporting study of world music." - Choice

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