Music: Hearing the Spectrum

The universal language of music has many dialects, and most Western peoples understand only their own. Yet, as Western musicians have been proving since the early 19th Century; other musical dialects which at first horrify the ear can educate and even delight it.

One small new recording company in Manhattan is dedicated to that proposition. Last week, the Ethnic Folkways Library issued its fifth album, Music of Indonesia ($7.33)*. Ten more albums will be released in the fall.

The Indonesia album is an aural education in itself. There is a Javanese war dance—written on...

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