Cover Material: Paperback
Publisher: Periplus Editions
Publish Date: 2000-05-15
Author: McPhee, Colin
ISBN-13: 9789625936291
Pages: 224

Description :

This is a book about passion obsession and discovery in an amazing land but also about the voyage of a highly talented composer and writer.


A House in Bali remains one of the most remarkable books ever written about the fabled island of Bali. This classic book tells the story of Balinese culture through the history of Balinese music.


First published in 1947it tells the story of the writer and composer Colin McPhee’s (1900-64) obsession with a piece of music once unknown to the West and of his journey to Bali to experience it firsthand. In 1929the young Canadian- born musician chanced upon rare gramophone recordings of Balinese gamelan music which were to change his life forever. From that moment he lived for the day when he could set foot on the island where the clear metallic music originated. He was able to realize his dreams and spent almost a decade there during the 1930s. Music of Bali and dance as McPhee discovered to his delight are second nature to the Balinese and his subsequent writings and compositions proved seminal in popularizing Balinese gamelan music in the West.


In A House in BaliMcPhee unfolds a beguiling picture of a society long establishedstaggeringly poor in Western terms but rich beyond belief in spiritual values and joy. The young composer writes about his discoveries of music in Bali and a growing understanding of an astonishing culture where the arts are a prime preoccupation and of the arts music is supreme. Much has been written on Bali but this classic work from 1947 remains the only narrative by a Western musician.

Weight 1 kg


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