Item description for Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (Music/Culture) by Edward Herbst, Judith Becker & Rene T. A. Lysloff...
A scholar and trained performer of Balinese vocal music and dance, ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst brings unique talents to bear in this provocative book. The lessons of his Balinese masters enable him to offer fresh insight to this culture's aesthetics and cultural elements. Appropriating John Cage's effective style of "mixing theory, anecdote, context, philosophy, and humor," Herbst crafts an accessible body of work, compelling in substance and form. By merging the "Balinese concept of place-time-context with Cage's concepts of structure, method, and form, [Herbst] returns to the critical issue of what scholars and intercultural artists are doing, and 'what' is their 'object' under study." Undergraduates and scholars in fields as varied as theater studies and anthropology will find this book and companion CD an important resource not only for its knowledgeable treatment of Balinese culture, but as an example of a more personal and engaging style of scholarly discourse.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1997
ISBN 0819563196 ISBN13 9780819563194
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More About Edward Herbst, Judith Becker & Rene T. A. Lysloff
EDWARD HERBST is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College and Assistant Editor of Ethnomusicology.
Judith Becker is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan.
Rene T. A. Lysloff is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California, Riverside.
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a great resource on Balinese music previously covered Sep 1, 1998
This book was a wonderful surprise. First of all, it contains a CD which is worth the price of admission. The CD has a lot of folk songs and arja (Balinese opera) selections which aren't generally available in CD stores (which tends to just cover gamelan and cak.)
For musicians, it presents detailed technical information on performance and to some degree the process of learning the vocal techiques.
For musicologists, it provides quite a background on how it fits in Balinese society.
I don't know if I can properly comment on how accessible it will be to people who don't play or study music. However a good deal of the information is down to earth and anecdotal, and of course the music on the CD is anything but academic.