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Voices in Bali: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater (Music Culture) Paperback – December 15, 1997


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  • Series: Music Culture
  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (December 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819563196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819563194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The musical transcriptions are refined, and the accompanying CD offers excerpts of important music not featured on commercial releases. It is music essential to the island's cultural ecology . . . Read this book to find out what goes into it and why it is worth being attentive to." —Ethnomusicology

“Fascinating... assumes several voices to mingle highly technical musical analysis, aesthetic considerations, meditations on Balinese traditions and how they are taught... Even a nonmusical reader can become absorbed.”—Village Voice

“...wonderfully fractured, multisided, discontinuous, nonlinear-best viewed, not wholly as science, not merely as scholarship, surely not as a traditional ethnographic outcome, but as a record of an artist's odyssey, a lover's fantasy, a devotee's mystery.”—Anthropological Linguistics

“Herbst gives the flesh where the others offer only bare bones...”—Asian Music

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“Voices in Bali is a very remarkable book. In my opinion it is the first book written by a Western scholar who has really succeeded to feel and experience from within the magic exaltation of the Balinese artist during the performance of his art (music and dance and theatre).” (Anak Agung Madé Djelantik, author of Birthmark: Memoirs of a Balinese Prince)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1998
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This book was a wonderful surprise. First of all, it contains a CD which is worth the price of admission. The CD has a lot of folk songs and arja (Balinese opera) selections which aren't generally available in CD stores (which tends to just cover gamelan and cak.)
For musicians, it presents detailed technical information on performance and to some degree the process of learning the vocal techiques.
For musicologists, it provides quite a background on how it fits in Balinese society.
I don't know if I can properly comment on how accessible it will be to people who don't play or study music. However a good deal of the information is down to earth and anecdotal, and of course the music on the CD is anything but academic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Ross on September 17, 2010
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Here is a work of ethnomusicology that focuses as much on the how of learning this music (from vivid descriptions of personal experience) as on the how of understanding (for the outsider) the nature of this music itself. It delivers what it promises. A CD is included and the lyrics to each song that is sung has a phonetic transcription, a clear translation, and useful notes. If you want to enter the world of Balinese vocal music and dance, start here. I hope videos of the dance will someday be made available. Edward Herbst recently discovered in UCLA's uncatalogued archives the only know film of one of the legendary Balinese performers.
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