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Music in Mainland Southeast Asia

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Gavin Douglas

Publication Date - 20 November 2009

ISBN: 9780195367829

208 pages
Book with CD/DVD
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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A short and affordable introduction to the music of Southeast Asia with examples on an in-text CD


** 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.

About the Author(s)

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
    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
    ?àn B?u (monochord)
    ?àn 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
    Dengue Fever
    Where Elephants Weep
    Revolution on the Internet


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