Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Laos. Tiao Phün Muang: Musique De L'ancienne Cour De Luang Prabang / Music of the Ancient Court of Luang Prabang

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Laos. Tiao Phün Muang: Musique De L'ancienne Cour De Luang Prabang / Music of the Ancient Court of Luang Prabang

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Laos. Tiao Phün Muang: Musique de l'ancienne cour de Luang Prabang / Music of the Ancient Court of Luang Prabang. 2008. Archives internationales de musique populaire, AIMP 81 . Disques VDE-GALLO VDE CD-1213. Recorded and annotated by Jean-Marie Knapp. 27 pp. of notes in French and English. English translation by Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff. 2 colour, 5 b/w photographs. 1 compact disc, 10 tracks (54:09).

With this release the Swiss label VDE-GALLO provides a welcome addition to the still slender stock of good recordings of traditional Lao music. These good-quality studio recordings of classical Lao compositions from the old royal capital of Luang Prabang are typical of the tradition. Supplementing the music is a detailed set of notes that provides the listener with useful information, including a brief historical background to the music of the former royal court, descriptions of the main musical and theatrical genres and instruments, and the names of the musicians featured in the recordings.

The main weakness of the release is the historical context presented in the notes, which glosses over the most significant event in recent Lao history: the 1975 communist revolution. …

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