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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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“To follow the learning process in music in the depth that Herbst makes available to us is to make a revealing journey into Balinese categories of thought. Music is as intrinsic to culture as language, itself, but it is usually learned somewhat more formally and the process is therefore easier to discern. It is a privilege to follow the author on this voyage of discernment.” (David P. McAllester)
“This compelling and innovative study... offers a deeply informed-and often deeply moving-portrait... successfully confronts an array of complex epistemological and musical challenges.” (1999 Yearbook for Traditional Music)
Top Customer Reviews
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.