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Encyclopedia > Colin McPhee
Colin McPhee photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Colin McPhee photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1935

Colin McPhee (February 15, 1900 in Montreal or Toronto, Canada - January 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA) was a Canadian composer and musicologist. He is primarily known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali, and for the quality of that groundbreaking work. He also composed music influenced by that of Bali and Java decades before any other similar world music influenced compositions. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (825x1024, 60 KB)Colin McPhee photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, photographer. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (825x1024, 60 KB)Colin McPhee photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, photographer. ... Photographic self-portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1900 (MCM) is a common year starting on Monday. ... City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 500. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength City of Toronto, Ontario, Canadas Location. ... January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... State nickname: The Golden State Official languages English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 4. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Musicology is reasoned discourse concerning music (Greek: μουσικη = music and λογος = word or reason). In other words: the whole body of systematized knowledge about music which results from the application of a scientific method of investigation or research, or of philosophical speculation and rational systematization to the facts, the processes and the... Ethnomusicology (from the Greek ethnos = nation and mousike = music) is the study of music in its cultural context, cultural musicology. ... Topography Map showing Bali within Indonesia Sunset at Jimbaran Beach, Bali Young Balinese Dancers Rice terraces at entrance to Gunung Kawi Temple The Bali Starling lives only in Bali, as few as six may exist on the island Statue of Dewi Sri — Ubud, Bali Bali is an Indonesian island. ... Map of Java Java (Indonesian, Javanese, and Sundanese: Jawa) is an island of Indonesia, and the site of its capital city, Jakarta. ...


He studied with the pronounced modernist Edgard Varèse before marrying Jane Belo, who had studied with Margaret Mead, in 1931. The two moved to Bali together for Belo's anthropological work, once there McPhee became so interested in the local music he studied, built, and wrote extensively of the gamelans. McPhee, who was gay, divorced Belo in 1939. In the early forties he lived in a large brownstone in Brooklyn, shared with Leonard Bernstein and Benjamin Britten among others. In the late forties he fell into an alcohol fueled depression, but began to write music again the fifties. He became professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA in 1958 and was also a respected jazz critic. Edgar (or Edgard) Varèse (December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was a French-born composer, who moved to the United States in 1915, and took American citizenship in 1926. ... Margaret Mead Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος, humane) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ... Saron - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophone(s), drums, and gongs. ... Castro Street in San Francisco Look up gay in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Leonard Bernstein in 1971 Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer and orchestra conductor. ... Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976) was a British composer, conductor and pianist. ... Clinical depression is state of debilitating sadness or melancholy. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jazz master Louis Armstrong remains one of the most loved and best known of all jazz musicians. ...


McPhee's A House in Bali, the chronicle of his life there, is one of the best introductions to Balinese culture. A must read for anyone going to vist Bali. His posthumoustly published Music in Bali was the first comprehensive analysis of Balinese music published in English. Topography Map showing Bali within Indonesia Sunset at Jimbaran Beach, Bali Young Balinese Dancers Rice terraces at entrance to Gunung Kawi Temple The Bali Starling lives only in Bali, as few as six may exist on the island Statue of Dewi Sri — Ubud, Bali Bali is an Indonesian island. ... Indonesia is culturally diverse and is home to hundreds of forms of music, with those from the islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali being the most frequently recorded. ...


His best-known work, Tabuh-Tabuhan: Toccata for Orchestra, was composed in Mexico in 1936 and combines both Balinese and traditional Western musical elements. It is scored for traditional Western orchestra, but according to McPhee the core of the orchestra is a "'nuclear gamelan' composed of two pianos, celesta, xylophone, marimba, and glockenspiel," giving it a highly percussive balance of sound. The orchestra is augmented by two Balinese gongs and cymbals. The work is in three movements, Ostinatos, Nocturne, and Finale. Some of the themes in it derive from Balinese folk sources. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


External links

  • UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive including a slideshow and movies about Colin McPhee

Listening

  • Portrait of Composer Colin McPhee by Charles Amirkhanian, 5 November 1980)

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Colin McPhee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (367 words)
Colin McPhee photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Colin McPhee (February 15, 1900 in Montreal or Toronto, Canada - January 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA) was a gay Canadian composer and musicologist.
McPhee's A House in Bali, the chronicle of his life there, is one of the best introductions to Balinese culture.
glbtq >> arts >> McPhee, Colin (933 words)
Belo was aware of McPhee's homosexuality, but she felt that a relationship with "a feminine man" was an important stage in her emotional development, and that it also revealed "aspects of masculine protest and narcissism" on her part.
McPhee wrote to one friend, "I was in love at the time with a Balinese, which she knew, and to have him continually around was too much for her vanity.
McPhee was able to live in Bali only because Belo had the money (which came from her family and her wealthy ex-husband) to do so.
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