Life in Java; With Sketches of the Javanese Volume 2

Life in Java; With Sketches of the Javanese Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...I have before described--the only ence between those used here and the o1168 we. dl reviousl)' Seen being in their size. Thls ind P _. ha ment, when heard close at hand, 15 deafemng 11 's.Y though never so unmusical as the d I101, 3.11 e gong; at a distance, it has a' Sweet Inning-s ohlfle sound, "like water drops trained into melody." As Javanese music is always extemporary, the measure is almost invariably common time; though, in some of the allegro and presto passages, the beat is what musicians would term a two-four time. Before the dances commenced, six Vocalists rose up, conducted by one who appeared the leader, and who sang from a manuscript which had been written by the Prince at the express order of the Sultan. The subject was a eulogium on the last review of his Majesty's troops. The instrument sometimes kept time with the song, but as the accompaniment was altogether improvised, they more frequently appeared to forget the air which ought to have been the foundation of their variations. The first dance was performed by six young girls, two of whom were the daughters of the Prince, and the others their relatives. They came from the house which was at the back, and walked with stately DANCE BY srx GIRLS. 155 Precision (1)11 to the Pringitan. They were very ga-M dressed. Their lcabayas were of rich silk, confined rc_ und the waist (in a. manner I had never beiiore seen, as that article of attire in Java is always left loose) by pindings sparkling with J.eWe15. Their gay sarongs flowed below so long as to Gym quite a train as they W&1ked-Brilliant looking coronets encircled their heads, and their ears seetned quite heavy with the Weight Of the jewels hanging from them. Turning towards the ladies as...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787889
  • 9781236787880