Musical Journeys in Sumatra

Musical Journeys in Sumatra

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Despite being the sixth largest island in the world and home to an estimated 44 million Indonesians, Sumatra's musical arts and cultures have not been the subject of a book-length study until now. Documenting and explaining the ethnographic, cultural, and historical contexts of Sumatra's performing arts, Musical Journeys in Sumatra also traces the changes in their style, content, and reception from the early 1970s onward. Having dedicated thirty years of scholarship to exploring the rich and varied music of Sumatran provinces, Margaret Kartomi provides a fascinating ethnographic record of vanishing musical genres, traditions, and practices that have become deeply compromised by the pressures of urbanization, rural poverty, and government policy in. This unique collection showcases the complex diversity of Indonesian music and includes field observations from five different provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, West Sumatra, and South Sumatra. Featuring unique photographs and original drawings from Kartomi's field observations of instruments and performances, Musical Journeys in Sumatra provides a comprehensive musical introduction to this neglected, very large island, with its hundreds of ethno-linguistic-musical more

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  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 193.04 x 264.16 x 45.72mm | 1,319.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252036719
  • 9780252036712
  • 1,700,245

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"Kartomi's book reaffirms the value of classic ethnomusicological research. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice "This book deserves credit as a significant contribution in englarging the body of knowledge of Indonesian traditional music."--Indonesia "This volume presents a lifetime of writings by a distinguished scholar on the musical arts of Sumatra. Readers get a comprehensive glimpse of the myriad music and dance styles, ritual and religious life, cultural politics, and ecological and gender issues that permeate throughout the island."--David D. Harnish, author of Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth, And Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival "This is a delicious book -- to be savoured, appreciated for its richness of detail and admired for its texture and cohesion. An innovative work, of great significant for describing, categorising and analysing Indonesia's traditional musical arts."--Inside Indonesia "Widely recognized as the expert on the music of Sumatra, Margaret Kartomi provides a wealth of information on the music of various regions of the huge and culturally diverse island of Sumatra in Indonesia. No other book comes close to the treasure trove of descriptive data and detail here."--R. Anderson Sutton, author of Traditions of Gamelan Music in Java: Musical Pluralism and Regional Identity "The first comprehensive text detailing Sumatran music-dance traditions, based on forty years of fieldwork and scholarship, is, above all, a wonderfully encyclopedic collection of fascinating data and careful, honest description--in short, a classic ethnomusicological text."--Journal of the American Musicological Societyshow more

About Margaret J. Kartomi

Margaret Kartomi, a professor of music at Monash University in Australia, is a specialist on the ethnomusicology of Indonesia and Southeast Asia and the world authority on the music of Sumatra. Her other books include The Gamelan Digul and the Prison-Camp Musician Who Built It: An Australian Link with the Indonesian more

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