The Art of Twentieth-Century Balinese Music
University Of Chicago Press
On Sale: August 1, 2000
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The Balinese gamelan, with its shimmering tones, breathless
pace, and compelling musical language, has long captivated
musicians, composers, artists, and travelers. Here, Michael
Tenzer offers a comprehensive and durable study of this
sophisticated musical tradition, focusing on the preeminent
twentieth-century genre, gamelan gong kebyar.
Combining the tools of the anthropologist, composer, music
theorist, and performer, Tenzer moves fluidly between
ethnography and technical discussions of musical composition
and structure. In an approach as intricate as one might
expect in studies of Western classical music, Tenzer's
rigorous application of music theory and analysis to a
non-Western orchestral genre is wholly original. Illustrated
throughout, the book also includes nearly 100 pages of
musical transcription (in Western notation) that correlate
with 55 separate tracks compiled on two accompanying compact
The most ambitious work on gamelan since Colin McPhee's
classic Music in Bali, this book will interest musicians of
all kinds and anyone interested in the art and culture of
Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Bali.
2 comments posted.
Re: Gamelan Gong Kebyar
However, Samorost3 , like the past games of Yakub Dvorsky and the
company, not about puzzles and not even about the bug-comets,
singing crocodiles and pissing animals. They are about how small but
brave heroes challenge seemingly insurmountable circumstances and
make some existential journey full of dangerous and amusing
situations, amazing creatures, sadness and humor. And now, for the
fact that the authors have so many years later presented us with such a
journey, they want to say many thanks. And shake the leg.
(Anna May 10:54am May 20, 2018)
Pros: an amazing world; a seriously increased scale; unusual puzzles
and situations; live picture; an abundance of diverse music.
Minuses: some of the riddles in their mechanics differ little from each
other; there are repetitions and excessive bustle between locations;
logic is sometimes too strange or completely absent.
(Anna May 10:56am May 20, 2018)
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