Folk songs and sounds recorded in the Paro and Wangdi Phodrang districts of Bhutan
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1970 - 1979 (Questionable)
Table of ContentsMulateer calling and bells on mules (0:00-1:32) -- Mulateer plays flute (1:33-2:48) -- Country song in Lhuentse Dzong, Sep. 13th (2:49-5:00) -- Countrymen signaling (5:01-6:26) -- Song about yaks (6:28-9:04) -- "Yaketeer" whistle (9:06-9:40) -- Lama's puja, Lhuentse Dzong (9:41-11:58) -- Flailing sound, Laya (12:01-12:36) -- Laya, village dance [men singing] (12:37-15:01) -- [women singing] (15:02-17:05) -- [man singing with background voices talking] (17:06-17:48) -- Yaks in upper hills, Sep. 20th (17:58-18:34) -- Drum song, Gasa Dzong (18:36-19:06) -- Woman singing, Gasa Dzong (19:07-24:39) -- Recitation, Gasa Dzong (24:45-26:28) -- [Dong lingm tones, Dzong] (26:29-29:40) -- [Man singing a trail song], ends abruptly (29:41-32:27)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 2374
TopicsFolk music -- BhutanSounds -- BhutanNature sounds
NotesContent: Title and location provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten notes on original container.Content: Handwritten notes on original container: "Sept. 8-27 Dotenng [Doteng Gewog, Paro District, Bhutan] to Wangd[i] Phodrang [district, Bhutan]".Content: Accompanying handwritten inserts: 1. "Bells on mules - along trail, Calling mules / Mulateer play flute - (high background level) / Lynche Zong [sic] - 2 men 3 women, singing song / Barrymen [sic] signaling / Song about Yaks, good / Llama [sic] praying at Lynche [sic] / Flaying Volly [sic]" ; 2. "Dance in the same village / Yaks in upper hills of Bhutan / Gaza Zong [sic] - playing drums / Singing song - woman / Resitation [sic]".Content: Handwritten post-it note attached to original container: "Smithsonian tapes - Birds ; go to David Tudor letter".Numbering: Donor's inventory number: R135.Venue: Recorded in, Paro, Bhutan, and, Wangdi Phodrang, Bhutan, [probably 1970's?].Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Language: Recorded songs are performed in Dzongkha with brief English introductions of the recordings.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (33 minutes) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono ; 3 in. rewound onto an archival 7 in. reelSound quality is mostly good; recording volumes are uneven and there are occasional background sounds. An unidentified speaker introduces most of the recordings.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 890150657NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20291004Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dc5ea550-b7b8-0133-2cd0-3c07547a230f
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