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A House in Bali

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ISBN13: 9789625936291
ISBN10: 9625936297
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andlt;bandgt;This is a book about passion, obsession and discovery in an amazing land, but also about the voyage of a highly talented composer and writer.andlt;/bandgt; andlt;iandgt;A House in Baliandlt;/iandgt; remains one of the most remarkable books ever written about the fabled island of Bali. This classic book tells the story of Balinese culture through a history of Balinese music.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;First published in 1947, it tells the story of the writer and composer Colin McPhee's (1900and#8211;64) obsession with a music once unknown to the West, and of his journey to Bali to experience it firsthand. In 1929, the young Canadianand#8211; born musician chanced upon rare gramophone recordings of Balinese gamelan music which were to change his life forever. From that moment, he lived for the day when he could set foot on the island where the clear, metallic music originated. He was able to realize his dreams and spent almost a decade there during the 1930's. Music of Bali and dance, as McPhee discovered to his delight, are second nature to the Balinese, and his subsequent writings and compositions proved seminal in popularizing Balinese gamelan music in the West.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;iandgt;A House in Baliandlt;/iandgt;, McPhee unfolds a beguiling picture of a society long established, staggeringly poor in Western terms, but rich beyond belief in spiritual values and joy. The young composer writes about his discoveries of music in Bali and growing understanding of an astonishing culture where the arts are a prime preoccupation, and of the arts, music is supreme. Much has been written on Bali, but this classic work from 1947 remains the only narrative by a Western musician.

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Written in the 1940s, this is the only literary narrative of Bali by a classically trained musician drawn to the gamelan music of the island

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In the 1930s a young American composer heard some gramaphone records of Balinese gamelan musicùthe clear metallic music of the land that forever changed his life. As a result, Colin McPhee lived for the day when he could travel and study the beautiful island of Bali, its people, culture, and music.

His classic text written in the 1940s still remains the only literary narrative of the island by a classically trained musician, and this unique perspective allowed him to immerse himself in the people, and music of his beloved Bali. And in the end, he only left the island in 1938 as the threat of the second World War loomed over the Pacific.

McPheeÆs work is a landmark look at BaliÆs distinctive gamelan tradition, and is now available again more than 50 years after it was written.

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In the 1930s a young American composer heard some gramaphone records of Balinese gamelan musicand#249;the clear metallic music of the land that forever changed his life. As a result, Colin McPhee lived for the day when he could travel and study the beautiful island of Bali, its people, culture, and music.andlt;BRandgt;His classic text written in the 1940s still remains the only literary narrative of the island by a classically trained musician, and this unique perspective allowed him to immerse himself in the people, and music of his beloved Bali. And in the end, he only left the island in 1938 as the threat of the second World War loomed over the Pacific.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;McPhee's work is a landmark look at Bali's distinctive gamelan tradition, and is now available again more than 50 years after it was written.

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Colin McPhee left Bali in 1938 as the threat of World War loomed over the Pacific.

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SandyPP, August 27, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
A musicologist goes to Indonesia because he fell in love with gamelon music the first time he heard a recording of it. I'm not a musician and not even very knowledgeable about music, but I found this one of the best books I read as I prepared for a trip to Bali.

While there is quite a bit about gamelon music and the people who play it, ((I think I enjoyed the gamelon performances I attended there more because of reading this book) it was so much more, providing a wonderful picture of Balinese culture, especially before it was so impacted by tourism.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9789625936291
Author:
McPhee, Colin
Publisher:
Periplus Editions
Author:
McPhee, Colin
Author:
Murdoch, James
Location:
Boston, Mass.
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Bali (island)
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
gamelan; balinese music; music in bali; balinese instruments; music of bali
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Series Volume:
108-77
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandamp;w photos
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 8 oz

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Product details 224 pages Periplus Editions - English 9789625936291 Reviews:
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Written in the 1940s, this is the only literary narrative of Bali by a classically trained musician drawn to the gamelan music of the island
"Synopsis" by , In the 1930s a young American composer heard some gramaphone records of Balinese gamelan musicùthe clear metallic music of the land that forever changed his life. As a result, Colin McPhee lived for the day when he could travel and study the beautiful island of Bali, its people, culture, and music.

His classic text written in the 1940s still remains the only literary narrative of the island by a classically trained musician, and this unique perspective allowed him to immerse himself in the people, and music of his beloved Bali. And in the end, he only left the island in 1938 as the threat of the second World War loomed over the Pacific.

McPheeÆs work is a landmark look at BaliÆs distinctive gamelan tradition, and is now available again more than 50 years after it was written.

"Synopsis" by , In the 1930s a young American composer heard some gramaphone records of Balinese gamelan musicand#249;the clear metallic music of the land that forever changed his life. As a result, Colin McPhee lived for the day when he could travel and study the beautiful island of Bali, its people, culture, and music.andlt;BRandgt;His classic text written in the 1940s still remains the only literary narrative of the island by a classically trained musician, and this unique perspective allowed him to immerse himself in the people, and music of his beloved Bali. And in the end, he only left the island in 1938 as the threat of the second World War loomed over the Pacific.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;McPhee's work is a landmark look at Bali's distinctive gamelan tradition, and is now available again more than 50 years after it was written.
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