Ancient-Contemporary Music From Thailand
 : Ancient-Contemporary Music From Thailand


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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0001371140982
Format: Import
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Celestial Harmonies
Number Of Discs: 2
Publisher: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: March 01, 1995
Studio: Celestial Harmonies

Disc 1:
  1. The Maiden Plays In the Water Overture
  2. Lullaby
  3. Prasat Wai
  4. Royal Lullaby
  5. Wind In The Coconut In Trees
  6. I've Lost My Chance To Be Your Husband
  7. Cherd Nai
Disc 2:
  1. Tra Nimitr
  2. Maha Nimitr
  3. Javanese Suite
  4. The Chinese Doctor's Puzzle
  5. The Votive Candle (Laotian)
  6. The Votive Candle (Toa)
  7. Busaba's Votive Candle
  8. The Yogin Makes A Fire Sacrifice
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Product Description:
Imagine the inhabitants of the Menam Basin being called to dance and sing by the birds and monkeys, or imagine trying to become familiar with how the traditions of the ancient Indian and Khmer cultures developed. Elders no longer speak the story of how the Thais have lived and dreamed in their land for more than 1,000 years. However, their music does speak through its textures, rhythms and pitches.

Ancient-Contemporary Music from Thailand does not refer to the folk traditions where generations of common experience come together in a music that is obvious and necessary to all who share in that particular life style. Instead this music was created to heal the spiritual wound of either-or-ness and move toward a more humane cultural balance.

This unique balance is achieved through the freedom the musicians have to travel along the melodic path (tang in Thai). The pivotal notes are not fixed but left to the discretion of the player. It must be remembered in Siamese music there is no notational system, it is exclusively an aural tradition. This has a profound influence on the nature of the music.

The first work on the disk is a traditional second level tune dating back to the Ayudhya Period of the 15th century. The disk travels the road leading from traditional to contemporary, bringing with it the standard Western set of drums, both snare and cymbal. This music has achieved great popularity among orchestras throughout the country. Many of the compositions heard here are considered to be part of the standard classical repertoire.
If the only Thai music you've ever heard is the Westernized pop played in Thai restaurants, this two-CD set will be a revelation. The tunes here, based on folk forms that leave plenty of room for individual interpretation, run the gamut--there are lullabies, ensemble pieces for fiddle, percussion and gong, Thai folk rock tunes that make use of Western drum kit and electric keyboards, and a Thai brass band playing the National Anthem. The erudite notes by Bruce Gaston give you an in-depth look at Thailand's musical history and music theory, as well as helpful hints for listening to the complexities of the music, but you can plunge into the discs without doing the heavy reading and still appreciate them. --j. poet

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