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Author Williams, Sean, 1959-

Title The sound of the ancestral ship : highland music of West Java / Sean Williams.

Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.6299220582 WILL    AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank CD M  6069  disc  TWO DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map, portraits ; 25 cm
Notes One CD-ROM in pocket attached to back of book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-260), discography (page 261), and index.
Summary This book examines the ways in which the urban aristocratic Sundanese of West Java recall the rural past of their ancestors through performances of the tembang Sunda ensemble (voice, zithers, and bamboo flute). This is the first book on Indonesian music that focuses on a non-gamelan ensemble as well as the first book to highlight Sundanese cosmological and cultural practices through an examination of musical performance. It reveals some of the musical tensions and points of connection between men and women, rural people and urbanites, and the classes. Illustrated with photographs and brief musical examples, this book also includes a CD.
Subject Sundanese (Indonesian people) -- Music -- History and criticism.
Music -- Indonesia -- Jawa Barat -- History and criticism.
Jawa Barat (Indonesia) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0195141555 (paperback) £28.95
0195141547 (cased) £60.00