Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

byGavin Douglas

Paperback | December 4, 2009

Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Gavin Douglas
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** 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.
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 gu...
Title:Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing CultureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 5.51 X 8.11 X 0.51 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 5.51 X 8.11 X 0.51 inPublished:December 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface 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 Conclusions 2. Classical Traditions, Court Traditions, National Traditions What is ''Classical'' Music in Southeast Asia? Major Court Ensembles Burma/Myanmar 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 VIETNAM Vietnamese instruments (monochord) (zither) Conclusion 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 Conclusion 4. Music and Political Turmoil From the Top Down: Colonialism, Independence and Nation Building Anthems Classicization: The creation of nation through art music Counter State Musics: From the People Up Vietnam Cambodia Burma/ Myanmar Conclusions 5. Globalization and Local Adaptation Globalization 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 praCH Dengue Fever Where Elephants Weep Revolution on the Internet Conclusion Glossary References Resources Index