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Music in Bali is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

Music in Bali introduces the ensemble tradition of Balinese music, reflecting cooperative aspects of the island's social organization. Drawing on many years of study with Balinese performers in the United States and extensive fieldwork in Bali, author Lisa Gold presents contemporary Balinese performance within its cultural and historical context, linking Bali's rich past to its current role in modern, globalized society. She illustrates how new compositions borrow material from earlier traditions while also allowing for individual expression and innovation in vibrant present-day culture. By describing various performances--from a temple ceremony, to a shadow puppet performance, to a masked dance drama--Music in Bali surveys a wide range of performance contexts, from the highly sacred to the secular. It looks at the interconnected layers of the Balinese musical tradition, showing how the island's music, dance, theater, and ritual are intertwined.

Music in Bali is enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, it features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.

Synopsis:

Music in Bali is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

Music in Bali introduces the ensemble tradition of Balinese music, reflecting cooperative aspects of the island's social organization. Drawing on many years of study with Balinese performers in the United States and extensive fieldwork in Bali, author Lisa Gold presents contemporary Balinese performance within its cultural and historical context, linking Bali's rich past to its current role in modern, globalized society. She illustrates how new compositions borrow material from earlier traditions while also allowing for individual expression and innovation in vibrant present-day culture. By describing various performances--from a temple ceremony, to a shadow puppet performance, to a masked dance drama--Music in Bali surveys a wide range of performance contexts, from the highly sacred to the secular. It looks at the interconnected layers of the Balinese musical tradition, showing how the island's music, dance, theater, and ritual are intertwined.

Music in Bali is enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, it features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.

About the Author

Lisa Gold teaches at UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taught at Mills College, Colorado College, and San Jose State University. She has been studying, performing, and teaching Balinese and Javanese music since the 1970s, and has conducted extensive field research in Bali and Java. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley with a specialization in Balinese music in wayang kulit (shadow puppet performance) and ritual, with a secondary specialization in folk music of the British Isles. She is a performing member of the Bay Area's Gamelan Gender Wayang, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Gadung Kasturi, Gamelan Sari Raras, and Shadowlight, and has directed and performed in concerts of Lou Harrison's music for gamelan. She is the author of the Bali article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

CD Track List

1. The Balinese Ceremonial Soundscape: Simultaneity of Soundings

Place, Time, and Circumstance

The Act of Offering

Odalan (Temple Ceremonies) and Ramé (Full, Boisterous, Active)

Spatial Orientation

Cycles of Time

Large-Scale Time: Stories and History

Cultural Tourism

Thinking in Threes: Historical Periods, Degrees of Sacredness, and Spatial Orientation of the Performing Arts

The All-Encompassing Adat (Tradition)

In the Sacred Space of the Inner Courtyard (Jeroan): Old-Period Genres as Offerings

In the Ceremonial Space of the Middle Courtyard (Jaba Tengah): Middle-Period Genres

The More Secular Space of the Outer Courtyard (Jaba): New Creations and Entertainment

Conclusion

2. Instruments: Materials, Tuning, and Timbre

The Power of Bronze

Tuning and Timbre

The Waves of Paired Tuning: A Gamelan's Breath of Life

Tuning Systems, Scales, and Notation

Gamelan Gong Kebyar: The Explosive Twentieth-Century Style

Instrument Families in Gamelan Music

The Gongs

Cycles of Time in Music: Gongs that Mark Colotomic Meters

Keyed Instruments (Metallophones)

Gender-Type Metallophones

The Low Metallophone Instruments

The Gangsa Family

Gong-Chimes

Reyong

Trompong

Other Layers of Melody

Drums: Aural Conductor of the Ensemble

Cymbals (Ceng-Ceng)

Conclusion

3. Interlocking and Layering: Musical Roles in the Ensemble

The Musical Community of a Gamelan Sekaha

The Stratified Texture of Gamelan: Simultaneous Melodies

The Pokok (Basic Melody)

Communal Elaboration: Interlocking Parts (Kotekan)

Gangsa Kotekan: Polos and Sangsih

Single-Note Kotekan

Syncopated Patterning Kotekan

Expansion and Contraction of a Kotekan Pattern

Reyong Figuration: Melodic Interlocking and Percussive Accentuation

Comparison of Reyong and Trompong

Leadership, Cueing, and Ensemble Interaction

Gaya (Charismatic Gesture)

Conclusion: Putting the Layers Together

4. The World of Stories: Integration of Music, Dance, and Drama in Traditional Balinese Theater

Playing the Past in the Present

Genres in the Old Category: Sacred Ensembles

Genres in the Middle Category: The Hindu Javanese Legacy

Genres in the New Category: Drawing from Middle and Old and Breaking Free

The Idea of Completeness: Revisiting Ramé

Assumptions and Conventions in Traditional Balinese Theater

The Concept of a "Story:" Orality and Literacy in Performance

The Panji Cycle

Levels of Abstraction and Accessibility

The Role of Interpreters

Genres of Theater

Wayang Kilut (Shadow Puppet Theater)

The Dalang

The Progression of a Performance

Taksu: Divine Inspiration and "Shifting Focal Points"

Conclusion

5. Characterization, Movement, and Gong Structures That Enliven Balinese Theater

Aesthetics and Character Types: Halus (Refined) and Keras (Strong)

Male, Female, and Androgynous Dance Styles

Topeng (Masked Dance Drama)

The Characters

Progression of a Topeng Play

Free Choreography

Legong

Free versus Fixed Choreography

Elements of Dance and Music in Topeng and Legong

Vocabulary of Movements

Agem

Angsel: Dance and Music Articulation

Colotomic Meters, Delineating Theatrical Situation and Mood

Batel

Omang

Bapang

Gabor Longgor

Gilak

Gamelan Balaganjur

Listening to Two Topeng Pieces

Kecak

Conclusion

6. Large-Scale Form in Gong Kebyar and Its Antecedents

"Classical" Tripartite Form

Three Contrasting Movements

Gineman: Metrically Free Preludes

Listening to an Entire Piece: The Tripartite Form in "Sinom Ladrang"

Innovations in Form and Texture in Kebyar Kreasi Baru (New Creations)

Form in Kebyar: Cyclicity and Linearity

New Textures

Kebyar Passages: A Display of Gaya

Kebyar-style Gineman: Gegenderan

"Jaya Semara" ("Victorious Divine Love/Love Deity")

Transformation of Form and Other Innovations

Gong Kebyar Competitions at the Bali Arts Festival

Kreasi Baru Trends at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century

Kontemporer

Conclusion: Traditional Arts in a Rapidly Changing World

Arts Workshop/Studio Collectives (Sanggar)

7. Conclusion: Three Themes Revisited at a Cremation Ceremony

Glossary

References

Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195141498
Author:
Gold, Lisa, Etc
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Gold, Lisa
Author:
null, Lisa
Location:
New York
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Balinese (Indonesian people)
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music -- Indonesia -- Bali Island.
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Global music series
Series Volume:
B108
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
5.700 x 8.400 in 0.863 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Music in Bali is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

Music in Bali introduces the ensemble tradition of Balinese music, reflecting cooperative aspects of the island's social organization. Drawing on many years of study with Balinese performers in the United States and extensive fieldwork in Bali, author Lisa Gold presents contemporary Balinese performance within its cultural and historical context, linking Bali's rich past to its current role in modern, globalized society. She illustrates how new compositions borrow material from earlier traditions while also allowing for individual expression and innovation in vibrant present-day culture. By describing various performances--from a temple ceremony, to a shadow puppet performance, to a masked dance drama--Music in Bali surveys a wide range of performance contexts, from the highly sacred to the secular. It looks at the interconnected layers of the Balinese musical tradition, showing how the island's music, dance, theater, and ritual are intertwined.

Music in Bali is enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, it features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.

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