The Sound of the Ancestral Ship

The Sound of the Ancestral Ship : Highland Music of West Java

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This text 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 (comprising voice, zithers, and bamboo flute). It highlights Sundanese cosmological and cultural practices through an examination of musical performance, and reveals some of the musical tensions and points of connection between men and women, rural people and urbanites, and the upper, middle, and lower classes. Illustrated with photographs and brief musical examples, this book also includes a more

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  • Mixed media product | 288 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 25mm | 565g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 halftones, 5 line illustrations, photographs
  • 0195141547
  • 9780195141542

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"The Sound of the Ancestral Ship is a wonderful and evocative ethnography of an important musical genre from a part of Indonesia that has long been overshadowed by the traditions of neighboring Central Java. Williams's description of tembang Sunda in present-day Bandung combines the bird's-eye view of an outsider with the detailed experience of a participant observer. In the process, we get to see a well-rounded ethnomusicologist at work as she analyzes musical structures at the same time she explores both historical roots and core cultural metaphors of cosmological significance. An important contribution to the field, this study will be of value not only to those interested in Southeast Asian musical traditions, but also to anyone interested in the practice of fieldwork, music pedagogy, the musical construction of gender, and especially, process of musical urbanization."--NOTESshow more

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