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Open Access 8. A Musical Friendship: The Correspondence between Mangkunegoro VII and the Ethnomusicologist Jaap Kunst, 1919 to 1940

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8. A Musical Friendship: The Correspondence between Mangkunegoro VII and the Ethnomusicologist Jaap Kunst, 1919 to 1940

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A special correspondence, in the form of a substantial collection of letters written between 1919 and 1940, has been the inspiration for this chapter. The correspondents were the Javanese Prince Mangkunegoro VII and the Dutch ethnomusicologist Jaap Kunst. Although they came from very different worlds, they shared one common ideal: the study and preservation of the indigenous music of what was then the Dutch East Indies. Kunst's last letter to Prince Mangkunegoro, which was dated 12 April 1940. The desire to protect and preserve Javanese culture had led, in 1918, to the setting up of the Committee for the Development of Javanese Culture in preparation for a conference on Javanese culture. Jaap Kunst's two-part standard work, De toonkunst van Java (The Hague, 1934), is a piece of tangible evidence from those days and of his very fruitful collaboration with the Mangkunegoro.

Keywords: Dutch East Indies; Jaap Kunst; Javanese culture; Prince Mangkunegoro VII

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