Royal songs and royal singing: Music in the Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection

Aline Morna Scott-Maxwell

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The Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection was given by King of Cambodia, to Monash University Library (Melbourne, shortly before the announcement of his retirement. It comprises and unpublished materials in multiple formats from the ering his political and creative activities over the last half-fascinating component of the Collection relates to the King's tions and performances, comprising scores, recordings of mances, manuscript song lyrics and translations, and other tions belong to a genre of Khmer music that some describe song. They fall into two thematic groups: those with sentimental which date from the late 1940s to the 1960s, and those treating cal themes, which were composed in the early 1970s. The materials in the Collection and their musical content and search value from the perspective of their cultural and political cially, how they intersect with and illuminate Norodom cal role in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. It also raises management and use of a collection which is eclectic, in popular music focus and comprises mainly
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-190
Number of pages11
JournalFontes Artis Musicae
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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