Various Artists


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This is an admirable introduction to the varied classical and village idioms of this musically rich nation, with its ancient Indian as well as Chinese and Southeast Asian elements. Included are several varied pieces for the khene, a bamboo mouth organ that is the precursor to the Chinese cheng, and various classical orchestras, some dominated by strings, some by xylophones, one (in a Ramayana epic) by oboe and percussion. These fine photos are nonetheless slighter notes than usual in this series.