SOAS Archive Show: Tibetan Buddhist ritual music Mon, 2011-02-28 19:26

Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan. Volume 1: Rituals of the Drukpa Order from Thimphu and Punakha (recorded by John Levy), Lyrichord Discs Inc., LLST 7255, 1971. New York, USA.

This show features the LP Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan. Volume 1: Rituals of the Drukpa Order from Thimphu and Punakha, released by Lyrichord Discs Inc. In 1971. The record comprises ritual music of the monks of Thimpu, Bhutan and the nuns of Punakha, Bhutan. The show is presented by Olivia Haughton.

Side 1

Band 1. Genyen gi topa, in praise of ge-nyen ? Chorus of 17 monks, 2 conch-shell trumpets, 2 thigh-bone trumpets, 2 long trumpets, 2 large drums, a pair of cymbals.

Band 2. Chham gi serkyem gi yang, tune for offering of consecrated drink ? Unaccompanied chant, part of a ritual dance in worship of the guardian deities, male and female, benign and ferocious.

Band 3. Tashi tseringmai dzabkul, exhortion to the guardian goddess of long life ? Chorus of 17 monks, 2 shawms, 2 long trumpets, 4 large drums, cymbals.

Band 4. Dung chen, gulgyen, ?throat ornament? ? Named after two long trumpets.

Band 5. Dung chen, nyithu panglep, two notes prolonged to medium length ? played in the intervals between dances as an offering to the main guardian deity.

Band 6. Duchog gonpoi chendren, invitation to gonpo (skr. Mahakala) ? Chorus of 17 monks, 2 conch-shell trumpets, 2 shawms, 2 thigh-bone trumpets, 2 long trumpets, 2 large drums, a pair of cymbals.

Band 7. Chakchen sondep, petition to chakchen ? Unaccompanied chant.

Band 8. Tshetro jinbeb ? Chorus of monks, 2 shawms, 2 long trumpets, 2 large drums, cymbals, an hour-glass pellet drum.

Side 2

Band 1. Lama kusum gi sondep, supplications to the three Buddha-bodies of the Lama ? Chorus of monks, 2 shawms, 2 long trumpets, 4 large drums, 2 pairs of cymbals, a hand-bell, a pellet-drum.

Band 2. Dewachen gi monlam, aspiration to be reborn in the western paradise ? Chant, done daily at 8 a.m., accompanied by a hand-bell.

Band 3. Dramar chabdro sondep, petition to Dramar, the fierce red one ? Unaccompanied chant, sung by 6 or 7 monks.

Band 4. Lamai tenshug gi yang, tune of prayer for the long life of the Lama ? Unaccompanied chant.

Band 5. Lay monk turns a large ?Mani-wheel? and recites a mantra ? Mantra.

Band 6. Nyungne ? Unaccompanied chant and interlude.

Band 7. Nyungne ? Unaccompanied chant.

Band 8. Nyungne ? Unaccompanied chant.

Band 10. Banga trin trin, processional music for two shawms, a gong and a largish barrel-shaped drum.

Band 11. Dung chen, long trumpets ? The last piece of a series of recital.