Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367829
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Series: GLOBAL MUSIC Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

CD Track List

1: Diversity and Commonality
Three Vignettes
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 Buddhism
Theravada Buddhist Chant
The Three Gems
Vietnamese Buddhism
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)
Wai Khru
Apsara dance
Other Thai and Khmer Ensembles
Vietnamese instruments
Ðán bau (monochord)
Ðán tranh (zither)
3: Diversity and Regional Variation
The Concept of Ethnicity in Southeast Asia
Language Families
Musical differences between groups
Ethnic Diversity in Burma/Myanmar
Vignette: A pagoda festival
Music and Society in the Northeast, Isan region of Thailand
Singers in Laos and Singers in Thailand
Hmong in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand
Music and Language among the Hmong
The Qeej
4: Music and Political Turmoil
From the Top Down: Colonialism, Independence and Nation Building
Classicization: The creation of nation through art music.
Counter State Musics: From the People Up
Burma/ Myanmar
5: Globalization and Local Adaptation
Western conceptions and stereotypes
The Long History of Globalization
The Burmese in Ayutthaya
Modernizing Thailand
French influenced Vietnam
Music notation and globalization
Thai and Burmese Notation
Global Instruments and Mass Media
Changing Contexts
Immigration and Diaspora
Case Studies in Cambodian American Music praCH
Dengue Fever
Where Elephants Weep
Revolution on the Internet


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