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Finding Aid for the Colin McPhee Collection 1930-1964
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This collection consists of sound recordings, field notes, photographs, papers and correspondence.
In the 1930s, Colin McPhee lived in Bali where he studied the sacred gamelan tradition and other musical genres. When he worked in New York during the 1940s, he was among the talented, young generation of composers that included Aaron Copeland and Henry Cowell. In California, where he died in 1964, he contributed greatly to the study of world music. McPhee was a faculty member of the Music Department at UCLA from 1960-1964. Besides his musical talents, he was an excellent photographer (as seen in the Archive's collection). His publications include A Club of Small Men (1948), A House in Bali (1947), and Music of Bali (1956). A review of a biography written by Carol Oja, Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds, is available here. More information about the Archive's Colin McPhee Collection is available here.
Anyone can use this collection within the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive.