Music in Bali

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By Lisa Gold. Part of the Global Music Series and can be used with Thinking Musically (803021).
This book introduces the ensemble tradition of Balinese music, reflecting cooperative aspects of the island's social organization.Contemporary Balinese performance is presented within its cultural and historical context, linking Bali's rich past to its current role in modern, globalized society. The author illustrates how new compositions borrow material from earliertraditions while also allowing for individual expression and innovation in  vibrant present-day culture.
By describing various performances - from a temple ceremony, to a shadow puppet performance, to a masked dance drama - Music in Balisurveys a wide range of performance contexts, from sacred to secular. It looks at the interconnected layers of the Balinese musical tradition, showing how the island's music, dance, theater, and ritual are intertwined.
Includes eyewitnessaccounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, vivid illustrations, 70-minue CD. The CD contains examples of the music discussed in the book, guided listening and hands-on activities.

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What age is this appropriate for?
Terry H on Jan 17, 2012
BEST ANSWER: This is a book that can be used in colleges or as a resource with a few activities that will work with upper elementary-middle school. You can use some of the CD tracks and information with middle elementary, too.

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