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1st Edition

The Garland Handbook of Southeast Asian Music

ISBN 9780415960755
Published March 10, 2008 by Routledge
520 Pages

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Book Description

The Garland Handbook of Southeast Asian Music is comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 4, Southeast Asia (1998). Largely revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Southeast Asia and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of this particular area.

Part one provides an in-depth introduction to the area of Southeast Asia and explores a series of issues and processes, such as colonialism, mass media, spirituality, and war. The articles in this section are important in gaining historical, political, and social perspective. Part two focuses on mainland Southeast Asia, with essays representing Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and the minority peoples of mainland Southeast Asia. Part three focuses on island Southeast Asia, dividing the area into three sections: Indonesia, the Philippines, and Borneo. In addition to offering a detailed study of the music of each area, it also offers recent perspectives on the gamelan and theater traditions of Indonesia. Questions for Critical Thinking at the end of each major section guide and focus attention on what issues – musical and cultural – arise when one studies the music of Southeast Asia – issues that might not occur in the study of other musics of the world. An accompanying compact disc offers musical examples from Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Issues and Processes in Southeast Asian Musics Introduction to Southeast Asia as a MusicalArea Southeast Asian Musics: An Overview Southeast Asia in Prehistory Waves of CulturalInfluence Culture, Politics, and War The Impact of Modernization on TraditionalMusics Questions for CriticalThinking: Issues and Processes in Southeast Asian Musics Part 2 Mainland Southeast Asia Introduction to the Musics of Mainland Southeast Asia The Khmer People of Cambodia Thailand Laos Burma Peninsular Malaysia Vietnam Singapore Upland and Minority Peoples of Mainland Southeast Asia: An Introduction Minority Musics of Vietnam Music of Upland Minorities in Burma, Laos, and Thailand The Indigenous Peoples (Orang Asli) of the Malay Peninsula The Lowland Cham Questions for CriticalThinking: Mainland Southeast Asia Part 3 Island Southeast Asia Island Southeast Asia: An Introduction Indonesia Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan The Philippines Questions for CriticalThinking: Island Southeast Asia Glossary A Guide to Publications A Guide to Recordings of Southeast Asian Music Notes on the Audio Examples Index

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Terry E. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at Kent State University.

Sean Williams is Professor of Ethnomusicology at The Evergreen State College.