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Music of the Orient

Various Artists
Music of the Orient

Compiled by the German ethnologist Dr. E.M. Von Hornbostel (of the Hornbostel-Sachs instrument classification system), this 1979 collection provides a cross-section of traditional Asian music. Prominently featured is the vocal music and Gamelan orchestras of the Bali and Java regions of Indonesia; other locations represented on this compilation include Japan, China, Thailand, India, Persia, Egypt, and Tunis. The liner notes contain diagrams and descriptions of the tonal structures of each song, translations of some lyrics and mythology associated with the music, along with photos of the musicians and their instruments.

Track Listing

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101
Naga-uta "Urashima" Female singer 3:17
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102
Ha-uto "Umenimo Haru" Japanese female singer and two guitars 3:11
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103
Shinnai "Sekitori senryōnobori" Naga-uta singers, guitars and violin 3:08
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104
Mat-sumae-Oiwake Oiwake singer and flute 3:02
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105
Classical Drama (Kun'oh'ü) "Pi-p'a-chi" Male singers 3:24
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106
Modern Drama (Hsi-pi) "Tso fang Tsao" Male singers 3:09
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201
Modern Drama (Pang-tse) "Nan-tien-men" Female singers 2:39
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202
Sundanese Song "Udan mas" Female singer 2:55
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203
Kraton Jogiakaria Gamelan Slendro "Sekar gadung" Female singer 2:52
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204
Pakoe Aiman, Jogiakarta Gamelan Pelog "Kinanti madumurti" Female and male singers 2:55
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205
Koeta Gendèr Wajung "selénero" Small orchestra from Bali 3:11
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206
Mogan, Gamelan Anklung "Berong pengètjèt" Gamelan Amklung ensemble 3:04
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301
Pagan, Gamelan Djogèd "Tjetjing Kereman" Gamelan Djogèd orchestra and female dancers 3:08
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302
Djangèr "Putih putih saput anduk" Male and female singers 2:45
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303
Boesoengbiso Gamelon Gong "Lagu Kebiar" Gamelan Gong 2:59
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304
Musical Drama "Scene from the 'Rama' Legend" Female singer 2:55
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305
Meerut, Sang "Raga Bhairavī" Female singer 3:07
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306
Jummoo, Sang "Rāga Bilāval (?)" Female singer 3:26
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401
Popular Song Male singer 3:40
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402
Song "Maqām Sika" Male singer 3:22
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403
Bäschrav "Kuzum" Maqām Hijaz, Part 1 Egyptian musicians playing zither, violin and long flute 3:52
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404
Bäschrav "Kuzum" Maqām Hijaz, Part 2 Egyptian musicians playing zither, violin and long flute 3:34
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405
Song "Maqām Mezmūm" Tunisian vocalist, long-flute, box-zither and short lute 2:52
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406
Dervish Choir "Maqām ḏil" Male singers 2:55
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