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Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music)by Gavin Douglas
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** Music in Mainland Southeast Asia 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. **
Mainland Southeast Asia is a culturally diverse and musically intriguing area, yet the ethnomusicological record lacks coverage of many of its musical and cultural traditions. Placing the music of this region within a social, cultural, and historical context, Music in Mainland Southeast Asia is the first brief, stand-alone volume to profile the under-represented musical traditions of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also contains the first introduction to Burmese music ever presented in a music textbook.
Drawing on his extensive fieldwork, author Gavin Douglas frames this survey of Southeast Asian music within three key themes: music and diversity, music and political turmoil, and music and globalization. Each theme lends itself to a discussion of the region's classical musical traditions, folk traditions, and contemporary developments. Uniquely focusing on the people who practice these musical traditions--rather than the locales from which the traditions originate--the text also follows individuals out of their native lands and into diasporic communities throughout the world.
A vibrant, thorough introduction, Music in Mainland Southeast Asia is ideal for introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and for upper-level courses in Southeast Asian music or Southeast Asian culture. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing musical examples, the text features numerous listening activities that actively engage students with the music and the themes. The companion website includes supplementary materials for instructors.
Mainland Southeast Asia (Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is a culturally diverse, musically unique, and rapidly changing area of the world that has been somewhat marginal in world music research to date. The absence in ethnomusicological pedagogy in this region is due in part to the political problems that have plagued the area throughout much of the late twentieth century. Douglas uses three themes-music and diversity, music and political turmoil, and music and globalization-to survey the region and draw parallels and contrasts between its various traditions. Each theme lends itself to a discussion of Southeast Asian classical musical traditions, as well as its contemporary developments. These themes focus on the people making music (rather than the locale of that creation) and follow those people into the diasporic communities found in the United States and Canada. Additionally, this text will provide the first introduction to Burmese music ever found in a music textbook.
Designed to be used as one of several short and inexpensive case study volumes in the Global Music Series, this volume is appropriate for introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and for upper-level courses on Southeast Asian music or Southeast Asian culture. Based on the author's own extensive fieldwork, the text features interviews with performers, eyewitness accounts of performances, and vivid illustrations. The book also features listening activities that enable students to engage critically and actively with the text. The included 70-minute CD contains examples of music discussed in the text, and supplementary material for instructors will be available on the companion web site (www.oup.com/us/globalmusic).
About the Author
Gavin Douglas is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has conducted research throughout mainland Southeast Asia with particular attention to Burma/Myanmar and has published his findings in numerous articles and encyclopedia entries. In addition to writing about music he plays guitar, Irish flute, and Burmese harp.
Table of Contents
CD Track List
1: Diversity and Commonality
Vignette 1: The Erawan Shrine
Vignette 2: Amputee at Angkor
Vignette 3: A Spirit Festival
Cultural Influences on Southeast Asia
Present Day Nation-States
Burma/ Myanmar (Union of Myanmar)
Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand)
Cambodia (Kingdom of Cambodia)
Vietnam (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)
Organizing Mainland Southeast Asia
Religion in Mainland Southeast Asia
Theravada Buddhist Chant
The Three Gems
2: Classical Traditions, Court Traditions, National Traditions
What is 'Classical' Music in Southeast Asia?
Major Court Ensembles
The Saing Waing Ensemble
Burmese modes and tuning
Burmese chamber music
Thailand and Cambodia
Piphat (Thai), Pinn Peat (Khmer)
Other Thai and Khmer Ensembles
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