Cover image for The music of Tibetan Buddhism
Title:
The music of Tibetan Buddhism
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Rounder, [1999]

â„—1999
Physical Description:
3 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Originally issued in the UNESCO collection.
UPC:
018964512927
Format :
Music CD

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library FOLKASIA .ZM987 MU Compact Disc Central Library
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Another admirable effort on the part of Rounder in bringing back Alain Danielou's vision of a full set covering as many of the world's musical cultures as possible. This album (a three-disc set) deals with the music of the four major sects of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingmapa, the Kagyupa, the Sakyapa, and the Gelugpa (of which the Dalai Lama is the head). The set is an ethnomusicologist's dream, and a casual listener's nightmare. While Tibetan music is performed very carefully in ritual, and has an incredibly dense backing of complex music theory in most cases, it is generally anything but pleasing to the ear. In many cases, to say that the music is grating would be a kind word for it. Nonetheless, there is a definite mystical quality about the bulk of the music, and that is truly the goal of the performers. The music is used in ritual as a means by which to ingratiate, praise, etc. the deities and figures making up the Buddhist spiritual world. The music, and the extremely extensive liner notes, present a beautiful means of gaining knowledge of the culture of the Tibetan Buddhist, and as such, Danielou's vision is held up wonderfully. Nonetheless, don't expect to hear anything profoundly beautiful in the majority of the albums. Buy it for education, not entertainment. On an interesting sidenote, many of the Gelugpa tracks were recorded in 1961, shortly before the bulk of the sect fled from China into India. ~ Adam Greenberg


Google Preview