Music In Bali by Colin McPhee
Balinese Ceremonial Music for Two Pianos: Pemoengkah
Colin McPhee musical manuscripts
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Colin McPhee b. Of all tonight's composers, McPhee's music is perhaps the least connected to the part of the movement of Minimalism that Reich calls "indigenously American," although his music is certainly Minimalist. McPhee was the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali. He wrote traditional Western forms, and transcribed dozens of regional melodies for two pianos. Part composer-part scholar, McPhee developed a musical style marked by an acute sensitivity to individual timbres and a keenness for the textures of multi-layered rhythms. Many Minimalists were inspired by Indonesian music, but McPhee represented an extreme of fleeing to the Orient, to a paradise of highly formalized culture, to a seamless tapestry of gorgeous sound. The three movements of Balinese Ceremonial Music were arranged between and
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He is best known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali ,  and for the quality of that work. He also composed music influenced by that of Bali and Java decades before such compositions that were based on world music became widespread. McPhee was born in Montreal. Once there McPhee studied, filmed  and wrote extensively about the culture and music of the gamelans , and in wrote an original musical score, Tabuh Tabuhan , in the Balinese style. McPhee, who was gay ,  divorced Belo in