Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music

Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music

Various Artists UNES08068

Traditional Cambodian ceremonial orchestras may be divided into two groups: those composed of string and wind instruments and those that are primarily percussion ensembles using keyed metallophones, gongs, and xylophones (pinpeat orchestras). This album, recorded between 1966 and 1968, features both. Historically, the pinpeat orchestras, often with several hundred musicians, performed ceremonial music for the Brahmins (the highest ranking caste) or the king. This recording captures the essence of the distinctive musical forms that have survived since the 11th century.

In addition, Master Srey-Yim performs solos on the tro khmer, a three-string bowed instrument, and the sadev, a gourd monochord, in a folk music orchestra. Also heard is the chapey, a two-string lute that is ideal for accompanying vocal improvisations because of its technical possibilities and the effects of attacking the strings in different ways. The album includes music for weddings, boxing matches, and shadow theater.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1996
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1996 Auvidis-UNESCO
Genre(s) World
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101 Bât phléng khlong Srey-Yim, Kêo-Phuong, Siem-Nhuong, Yim-Ya, Kâng Kuy 5:55
102 Bât hamrong Srey-Yim, Kêo-Phuong, Siem-Nhuong, Yim-Ya, Kâng Kuy 5:17
103 Bât phléng khlong & saray andèt Srey-Yim 7:05
104 Bât sampong Srey-Yim 2:39
105 Roeung moyolvong Tuk-Môn 6:50
106 Chapey solo Tuk-Môn 4:11
107 Phléng khlang khêk Pinpeat orchestra of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 5:54
108 Nang sbêk thom: the sampeah kru music Shadow-theater pinpeat orchestra and troupe of Ta-Phul, Chhuon, Nap Chum 3:58
109 Nang sbêk thom Pinpeat orchestra of the shadow-theater of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 5:06
110 Phléng krao nay Pinpeat orchestra of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 8:00
111 Phléng néang lot Pinpeat orchestra of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 1:49
112 Phléng khlom Pinpeat orchestra of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 5:16
113 Phléng Pinpeat orchestra of Siemreap-Angkor, Chhuon 5:24
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