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A House in Bali

A House in Bali

Author(s): Colin McPhee

Location(s): Bali

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): Pre WW2



As a young American composer, Colin McPhee quite by accident heard some recordings of Balinese gamelan music. Changed forever by this experience, he “wanted to hear every Gamelan in the countryside.” This book recounts the details of his stay in Bali just before World War II. It presents an amusing and sympathetic look at Balinese society and a rare look at the importance of music in Balinese life.

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He was in Bali for about 8 years in the 1930s and brings that era to life on this wonderful island – very instructive if you want to learn more about gamelan… – Lucy...

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