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

1st Edition

Published April 28, 2004
Reference - 494 Pages
ISBN 9780754608318 - CAT# Y232429
Series: SOAS Studies in Music Series

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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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