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Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (review)

Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (review) B ook R ev ie ws 375 V O I C E S I N B A L I : E N E R G I E S A N D P E R C E P T I O N S I N V O C A L MU S IC AN D D A N C E T H E AT ER . By Edward Herbst. Foreword by Judith Becker; afterword by RenŽ T. A. Lysloff. Hanover, N.H.: Wesleyan University Press, Music/Culture Series, 1998. Includes compact disc with musical exam- ples. 224 pp.; ill. Cloth $45; paper $19.95 This is an important book as much for its style as its content. While Balinese dance and instrumental music have been the subject of excellent studies in recent years, this represents the Þrst attempt to provide Western scholars with an in-depth examination of Balinese vocal music and techniques. It contex- tualizes the circumstances in which this music is learned and performed and explores its philosophical, cultural, and religious underpinnings. This is accomplished by juxtaposing analysis with anecdote in a free-ßowing style inspired by the writings of composer John Cage. The book includes a compact disc with recordings of musical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 19 (2) – Sep 1, 2002

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2002 The University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

B ook R ev ie ws 375 V O I C E S I N B A L I : E N E R G I E S A N D P E R C E P T I O N S I N V O C A L MU S IC AN D D A N C E T H E AT ER . By Edward Herbst. Foreword by Judith Becker; afterword by RenŽ T. A. Lysloff. Hanover, N.H.: Wesleyan University Press, Music/Culture Series, 1998. Includes compact disc with musical exam- ples. 224 pp.; ill. Cloth $45; paper $19.95 This is an important book as much for its style as its content. While Balinese dance and instrumental music have been the subject of excellent studies in recent years, this represents the Þrst attempt to provide Western scholars with an in-depth examination of Balinese vocal music and techniques. It contex- tualizes the circumstances in which this music is learned and performed and explores its philosophical, cultural, and religious underpinnings. This is accomplished by juxtaposing analysis with anecdote in a free-ßowing style inspired by the writings of composer John Cage. The book includes a compact disc with recordings of musical

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 2002

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