The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk, and Syncretic Traditions

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The Music of Malaysia is a history, appreciation and analysis of Malaysian music in its many and varied forms. It was first published in Malay in 1997. This revised and updated edition is the first in English. The book categorizes the types of music genres found in Malaysian society and provides an overview of the development of music in that country. Analyses of the music are illustrated with many examples transcribed from original field recordings. Genres discussed include theatrical and dance forms, percussion ensembles, vocal and instrumental music and classical music. The Music of Malaysia is an excellent introduction to and exploration of the country's vibrant musical culture.

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Patricia Matusky is an ethnomusicologist who has done music field research and taught for many years in Malaysia. She is the author of Malaysian Shadow Play and Music, Continuity of an Oral Tradition (OUP 1993, and The Asian Centre of Penang and Kuala Lumpur 1997) as well as many articles on the traditional music of Malaysia in encyclopedias and international journals. Her publications as co-author include Muzik Malaysia: Tradisi Klasik, Rakyat dan Sinkretik (The Asian Centre 1997) and Pengantar Muzik Malaysia, Vols. I-II (The Asian Centre 1998-99) with Tan Sooi Beng, and Muzik Wayang Kulit Kelantan (The Asian Centre 1998) with the Dalang Hamzah Awang Amat. Tan Sooi Beng is an Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. She is the author of Bangsawan, A Social and Stylistic History of Popular Malay Opera (OUP 1993 and The Asian Centre of Penang and Kuala Lumpur 1997) and many articles on popular music, arts education and Chinese music in Malaysia. She is the editor of Wacana Seni, Journal of Arts Discourse (USM, 2002).

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